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COVID cancels Fairfield's Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced it has canceled the Holiday Lighting Ceremony planned for Friday, Nov. 27. (Photo courtesy of Werner Elmker)
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced it has canceled the Holiday Lighting Ceremony planned for Friday, Nov. 27. (Photo courtesy of Werner Elmker)

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the Holiday Lighting Ceremony in Central Park scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27, has been canceled for 2020. This action comes on the heels of the governor’s mandate to prohibit large gatherings until Dec. 10. The Santa House and Workshop will also be closed during this time. Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in the special North Pole mailbox located on the square near the Santa House.

According to a news release from the Chamber, there still will be the magical moment when the holiday lights on the square come on every night around 6 p.m. from Nov. 27 until New Year’s Day, and holiday music will be played from approximately 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during this time.

“2020 has challenged our community unlike anything most of us have ever seen,” Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Darien Sloat said. “As a favorite moment by so many people in our community, cancellation of this event was the most difficult decision we have made this year. Because of the popularity of this event, we kept looking for ways to make this happen in a safe fashion, but ultimately the governor’s mandate made that decision for us.”

Sloat said the Chamber’s Christmas Committee especially wanted to keep the Santa House and Workshop open, but unanimously agreed that any public event during this state of the pandemic would add unnecessary risk to the community.