LEONARDTOWN, Md. – As the Thanksgiving break ended, the Hollywood Fire Department and Auxiliary hosted their annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Nov. 26. The event had a great turnout from the community, while some stayed warm with a cup of hot chocolate or a bowl of Maryland crab soup.

For those who do not know, the Christmas Tree Lighting event has been an annual event since 2007. Each year, organizers of this event reach out to different community members to donate money to buy a Christmas tree.

Then, they bring everyone together shortly after Thanksgiving to see the Christmas lights from the tree brighten the town. For the community, this event brings in the Christmas spirit and builds a level of camaraderie.

“This just kicks off the holiday season,” Bill Mattingly said. “This tree is well seen as you go up and down 235. It gets seen by so many people every day.”

As far as the setup, this event is probably one of the easiest events to set up because of every organizer’s enthusiasm and excitement to get things done.

“Everybody that helps enjoys it,” Mattingly said. “It is really not a lot of work. When everyone is on the same page.”

As the holiday season continues, the Christmas Tree in Hollywood will continue to shine bright until they finally take it down at the end of the first week of January.

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