Leesburg Kicks Off Holidays with Tree, Menorah Lighting

A large crowd gathered on the Leesburg Town Green on Friday evening to take in the town’s annual tree and menorah lighting ceremony.

Mayor David Butler emceed the event and several school choral groups performed. Downtown Leesburg’s monthly First Friday event followed the ceremony. Several downtown businesses featured live music, wine tastings, and art exhibits.

Watch the performance of J. Lupton Simpson Middle School students on Loudoun Now’s Facebook page.

4 thoughts on “Leesburg Kicks Off Holidays with Tree, Menorah Lighting

  • 2016-12-05 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve never been more disappointed for the numerous children of Leesburg than this year as it seemed that most of our Town representatives did not want to be at the tree lighting event (except when their name was called – take a bow Kristen and Kelly as your faces shined bright). David rushed his very short speech, didn’t mention anything about religion nor Santa Clause, although he did plug everyone visiting all the local pubs and shops, and it was apparent that he didn’t want to be there (perhaps some of non-religious aspect was done to placate the Weintraubs, MacBeth, etc. as we’ve moved away from the courthouse and their love for dressing skeletons dripping with blood). Ken did a good job and gave a brief, but good explanation for the background of the menorah. The worse parts included the massive disconnect between the audio firm and coordination of music with the choir(s) and dance teams, and the appearance that all Town Representatives departed early. Perhaps the Town could assign someone who loves children. I am assured that Ron Campbell would love to emcee this event in the future. Although I didn’t notice him at the event, I bet he would draw a great crowd, and would promote more energy and enthusiasm on a chilly evening, in lieu of standing silent on the podium chatting amongst town officials…..

  • 2016-12-07 at 3:50 pm

    Looks like someone here is trying to politicize a non political event. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • 2016-12-07 at 7:51 pm

    Vindicator – I attend essentially every single Leesburg function and did the same even did before my decade living here. If you actually attended this event, you would understood as it was mismanagement at its best. A minor dry run would have served a good purpose. Without all the speeches, songs and dance routines. It would seem that someone from the Town would actually try to entertain folks for a few minutes while many were still lingering in (late) or they could have been playing Christmas songs, so families could sing along in advance of watching Town Officials talk amongst themselves. When the kids started to perform their acts, the AV technician had zero clue what was going on, had a cd but didn’t know what music on it to play (I was right next to him), and turned the music on at 150 decibels and the equipment kept going haywire with high-pitched noises that hurt everyone’s ears. Listening to squelching AV equipment isn’t a pleasant experience. Political, yes….. None of the folks seem to realize at least half the crowd were children and the other half were already drinking beers or heading to drink beers. I was with my family expecting a family experience and most on the Town Council posted out before the function was even close to being finished, sadly. If you know the Weintraubs, and their desires to ruin Christmas for families, along with other aetheists like Evan MacBeth, this fails in comparison, but I hope that the Town does appoint Ron whom I know actually likes being around children and will be a great spokesperson for future events. I don’t agree with much of his ideology, but have said that he is probably the kindest of all persons serving of the Council (or in his case, soon to be serving). Merry Christmas!

  • 2016-12-08 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Lburgfinest you are the worst with your bah humbug attitude.

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