PHOTOS: Three Time’s a Charm with Greenwich Tree Lighting

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 6.19.20 PMHundreds counted down from 10 to zero on Friday just at sun set outside Greenwich Town Hall, but the lights did not come on. First Selectman Peter Tesei joked, “Maybe we didn’t pay the electric bill.”

The crowd counted down again. Still nothing. Just as everyone was chuckling, there they were in all their glory. Just as daylight dwindled to a sliver, the multi-colored holiday bulb strands woven through the tall pine tree burst to light.

There’s something magical about watching the reaction of small children to a visit from Santa, a free candycane, the high notes from GHS singers and rides on mechanical polar bears and reindeer that reminds the most jaded work-weary grown-up what the season is all about.

Five-year-old Chase Connaughton, a Greenwich kindergartner, held the reigns of a mechanical polar bear as he took a loop around newly paved area outside Town Hall.

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