AHS musicians at 1st Lights. /Steve Berczuk photoAHS musicians at 1st Lights. / Steve Berczuk photo

UPDATED Dec. 4: Approximately 300 Arlingtonians gathered from 6 to 7:30 Thursday, Dec. 1, in kicking off the holiday season with a festive celebration at Whittemore Park called 1st Lights, returning in person as the pandemic abates.

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The newly renovated Whittemore Park is in Arlington Center: 611 Mass. Ave., at Mass. Ave. and Mystic Street.

Those present enjoyed live ice sculpting, performances by the Arlington High School Jazz Band and Madrigal Singers, art hunts in the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, hot chocolate and giveaways.

This family-friendly celebration is being presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Dallin Museum is thrilled to partner with the chamber to bring back this fun and festive holiday event that celebrates all that our wonderful community has to offer,” said Heather Leavell, museum curator/director, in a recent news release. 

First Lights schedule

Restored Jefferson Cutter House sports a new yellow glow.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 6 p.m. ― Cyrus Dallin Art Museum open house, with an ice sculpting demonstration, cookies and hot chocolate, candy canes, giveaways and strolling characters;
  • 6:10 p.m. ― Lighting of the park;
  • 6:15 p.m. ― Arlington High School Honors Orchestra performance; and
  • 7 p.m. ― Arlington High School Madrigal Singers performance.



Collection boxes for Arlington residents

In an effort that is all the more important now given that seasonably cold weather has set in, the chamber is collecting new mittens, gloves and socks for local adults and children in need. Collection boxes will be available at the event for these items, which will then be given to the Arlington Holiday Help Program. 1st Lights logo 

Sponsors of 1st Lights

Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development

Arlington Rotary Club

Carney General Contracting

Cambridge Savings Bank

The Montessori Children's House of Arlington

Inspire Fitness Training Studio

Mirak Automotive Group

American Alarm & Communications

Lotus Yoga Arlington

AcuTherapy & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Harris Plumbing & Heating

Gibson Sotheby's International Real Estate

This news summary by freelancer Susan Gilbert was published Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, and updated Nov. 29, to add sponsors, as well as Dec. 3, to add a photo, and Dec. 4, to correct the copy