By Staff reports
Tonight marks a wonderful Delray Beach tradition: the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree at Old School Square downtown.
The honored event is expected to have one of the biggest crowds gathered around the xx-year-old tree, kicking off a month of holiday activities and continuing its centennial celebration.
Local school groups will open the show on the main stage at 5 p.m., with Santa himself arriving at 7 — by helicopter, for the second straight year. The lighting is set for 7:15 p.m.
Among the performers will be accomplished philanthropist, spokesperson, model and children’s book author Jaclyn Stapp, who will read The Night Before Christmas, and Lizzie Sider, a talented young country pop singer who is quickly grabbing the attention of the industry as she continues to develop as a musician.
Stapp will be officiating with CBS-12 Anchor Suzanne Boyd.
Atlantic Avenue, from Swinton Avenue to East Sixth Avenue or northbound Federal Highway will be closed for “On The Ave,” the recently revamped Art & Jazz event. The xx , which will feature live music, food, open house specials at merchants along the strip, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Visitors can also ride the carousel or go ice skating.
On the west side of town, local artists will provide Jazz and Gospel music on stage as Prep and Sports sponsors the monthly get-together at the amphitheater on the southwest corner of 5th and West Atlantic avenues. The event will feature radio personality James T of Hot 105.