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Mount Pleasant Lights up for the Holiday Season

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Classic Carols were sung and Santa Claus stopped by Mount Pleasant’s annual tree lighting ceremony Friday night at Town Hall in Valhalla.

Mount Pleasant resident Deb Bergeron was attending the event with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Bergeron, who recently moved into the area, said it was a great opportunity to see what Mount Pleasant is all about.

“It sounded like a really nice time and it’s been a really welcoming event," she said. "There is such a great community here.”

The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department holds the event every holiday season. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks were provided for guests on the frigid winter night.  Holiday carols such as “Deck the Halls” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” were sung by members of the Columbus Elementary School choir as hundreds of residents gathered around the circle outside of Town Hall and joined in the singing.

Tom Vernile, recreation supervisor for Mount Pleasant, coordinates the event every year and said a lot more goes on prior to the event than what meets the eye.

“Our guys put in a lot of work with everything and putting up the lights on the tree seems simple but it’s a lot tougher than it looks,” Vernile said.

The night concluded with the tree being lit and Santa arriving on a fire truck. Children then had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and share all of their wish list items.

For Vernile, Santa’s appearance every year never gets old.

“Just seeing the kid’s faces when the lights on the tree light up is great and not to mention that Santa makes the trip all the way here from the North Pole,” Vernile said.

Overall, Bergeron said her first tree lighting experience in Mount Pleasant would likely not be her last.

“It’s great to do things like this during the holiday season,” Bergeron said.

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