The town of Danville's popular Lighting of the Old Oak Tree ceremony will take place virtually this year, as town officials pivot to continue the time-honored tradition while still respecting the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Available for viewing next Wednesday (Nov. 25), town staff say the online video ceremony will feature a tapped address by Mayor Karen Stepper and chamber Board Chair Patricia Burgess, as well as songs performed by the Danville Girls Choir and photos from previous year's tree lightings.
Presented by both the town government and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, this year's ceremony will not include a live or in-person event but residents will still be able to view the tree and its decorations after Nov. 25.
"After Wednesday evening, the Oak Tree will be lit for the season. The community is encouraged to enjoy the lights when coming down to shop, dine and pledge to support Danville businesses on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday following Thanksgiving," town officials said in a statement.
In an effort to support local businesses, town officials have also asked that residents use the "#pledgedanville" hashtag on their social media accounts and to shop local.
Danville's annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree ceremony will be held on Nov. 25 at 6:15 p.m. Residents can view the ceremony on the town of Danville's website and the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.