AUBURN, Mass. – A holiday tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas play and gingerbread house festival highlight events in Auburn this weekend. For more of what’s happening in the region, see our Events page.
Friday, Nov. 30
Tree-Lighting Ceremony: 5:30 p.m. The town of Auburn will hold its first-ever tree-lighting ceremony in Drury Square on the lawn beside the Auburn Fire Station/Goddard Park. There will be caroling; an appearance from Santa; and free treats, including hot cocoa, coffee and cookies baked by culinary arts students at Bay Path High School. Parking is available at the library parking lot, with limited parking in the lot to the left of the fire station. Handicapped parking will be available at the fire station. 47 Auburn St.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: 7 p.m. The Auburn Community Players holiday performance will be held Friday night. It also takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The three performances for the public will take place at Pakachoag Church. The event is described as a “hilarious Christmas tale.” Tickets for the play are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Free for ages 3 and under. 203 Pakachoag St.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Community CPR Training Program: Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said the fire department program has been canceled.
Toys for Tots: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of the state police’s ongoing support of the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, Massachusetts troopers will be collecting toys at the Toys ‘R’ Us in Auburn. Toys ‘R’ Us customers who wish to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots program can purchase one inside the store and put it into the cruiser on their way out. 416 Southbridge St.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Caring Santa at Auburn Mall: 9 to 11 a.m. Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s visit with Santa. 385 Southbridge St.
Gingerbread House Festival: 1 to 3 p.m. The Gingerbread House Festival will benefit the Auburn Youth and Family Services food pantry. The event costs $3 per person, $10 per family, and is free with a nonperishable food item. Prizes will be awarded in several age divisions. Gingerbread houses should be brought to Pakachoag Church, complete and ready to display, by noon. In addition, attendees can vote for their favorite gingerbread creation and visit with Santa. Refreshments will be served. 203 Pakachoag St.
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