2016 Jefferson Hotel tree lighting

People packed the rotunda of The Jefferson Hotel during its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Monday, where Becky Massey was introduced as Richmond’s Christmas Mother. For information about Christmas Mother donations, see Page B8.

The Jefferson Hotel hosts its annual tree lighting on Monday, Nov. 26 to kick off the holiday season.

The tree lighting is free to the public and begins at 5 p.m. with live music.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 5:45 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy free cookies, hot chocolate and cider following the lighting of the tree.

Word to the wise: This event gets very crowded. Expect lots of people and get there early if you want a good view. Or go later in the season when it's not as crowded.

The hotel will also be decked out for the holidays starting Monday with hundreds of poinsettias, twinkling lights and toy soldiers.

Be sure to check out the gingerbread display in the Palm Court Lobby constructed from hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, royal icing and candies.

The tree lighting kicks off a series of Music at Midday concert series. Performances are held in the Rotunda at 12:00pm. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Richmond Waldorf School String Orchestra

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Patrick Henry High School Orchestra

Friday, Nov. 30: Appomattox Regional Governors School Concert Choir

Monday, Dec. 3: Manchester High School Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble

Thursday, Dec. 6: Boushall Middle School

Friday, Dec. 7: Collegiate School Middle School Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings

Monday, Dec. 10: St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Fifth Grade Strings

Thursday, Dec. 13: Oak Knoll Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus – The Majestics

Friday, Dec. 14: Lee Davis High School Advanced Orchestra

Monday, Dec. 17: Hanover High School Orchestra

Wednesday, Dec. 19: Offering

Friday, Dec. 21: Young Midlothian Singers

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Reveille Ringers Bell Choir

Thursday, Dec. 27: Trinity Belles

Find out more information at https://www.jeffersonhotel.com/holidays.

Check out our photos from past tree lighting ceremonies:

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