This Weekend’s Black Friday & Downtown Tree Lighting Schedule

This Weekend’s Black Friday & Downtown Tree Lighting Schedule

From the Office of the Superintendent–

Bethel Chamber’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Here is the schedule:


12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – The Gift Cottage Lawn sponsored by Union Savings Bank.


12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Meet Grover Dill (Yano Anaya)  and Flick (Scott Schwartz)  of “A Christmas Story” at Cupcakes and Milkshakes


12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Billy’s BBQ on the lawn of Municipal Center


12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Kids Crafts – The Toy Room – $1.00 suggested donation


12:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Pictures with Santa at Aurora Photography – Email for complete details or
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Free Soup donated by local businesses – served by Cub Scout Pack 54


2:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Hot Cocoa served by the Bethel United Methodist Church


2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Farmer’s Market at the Municipal Center

2:00 pm – “Senior Melodiers out of Founders Hall” at Bethel United Methodist Church


3:00 pm – Bethel Chamber of Commerce Open House Celebration – Cider and Donuts – Sponsored by People’s Bank and Blue Jay Orchards
3:30 pm – The Chamber Queen/King Cookie Contest Begins at the Chamber Office and the Bethel Pro-Access Queen/King Pie Baking Contest Begins at The Purple Zebra
4:30 pm – High School Choir – PT Barnum SQ
5:00 pm – Matt Knickerbocker to Kick – Off Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:10 pm – Crowning of the Cookie and Pie Contest Winners
5:25 pm – Lighting of the Tree while Joanie Howard sings “O Holy Night”
5:30 pm – Santa Arrives on Fire Truck

 Cookie Contest Rules

Bethel’s Best Overall Cookie:  Contestants should bring one dozen individually wrapped cookies to the Bethel Chamber Office beginning at 3:00pm.  It costs $5.00 to enter.  All proceeds will benefit the Scotty Fund.  All cookies must be made from scratch, and will be judged independently by a panel of judges using the following criteria:
Flavor (aroma, taste, balance of flavors)……………………     40 points
Texture (not soggy or dry)………………………………………… 30 points
Inside Characteristics (even grain, even bake) ………….    20 points
Outside Characteristics ( consistent shape & size)……..    10 points

The winner will be crowned during the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and earn the bragging rights for having the best cookie in Bethel.  Cookie will be featured in the Chamber Office during the Holiday Season.  All contestants must fill out a Registration Form when they enter the contest.

Saturday!  Across the nation Saturday has been designated “Small Business Saturday.”  The business community in Bethel, from downtown to Stony Hill and all parts in between, are very generous in their support of the Bethel Public Schools.  We urge all Bethel residents to shop locally during the days and weeks ahead.


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