Lantern Light Parade and tree lighting ceremony in Westfield

Parade-goers will march down Franklin Street and make a right Elm Street, and they'll proceed to Green on the Park

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Westfield gathered Saturday for the annual Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony. The lantern light parade, is a tradition for so many families here in Westfield, they told 22News, it’s the official countdown to Christmas.

Young and old gathered here on Franklin Street for the kickoff of the Lantern light parade. Earlier Saturday, kids gathered at the South Middle School to design and create their lanterns for this festive parade.

Jack Frost, Westfield tree lighting ceremony, told 22News, “This is the lantern light parade that begins here and ends at the Green. Where the mayor will light the town’s Christmas tree. So we’re a prelude to that.”

Parade-goers will march down Franklin Street and make a right Elm Street, and they’ll proceed to Green on the Park. Once there, the tree lighting ceremony will begin. Stay with 22News at 10 on the CW and 11 for the actual tree lighting ceremony.