In 1954, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club first began the tradition of lighting the tree in the center of the village to mark the beginning of the Christmas season in Boca Grande. The tradition continues today with more than 200 members of the community turning out each year to hear the Christmas story, share holiday greetings with friends, enjoy refreshments and join in the singing of Christmas carols.
Clergy from St. Andrews Episcopal Church, the First Baptist Church, the Lighthouse United Methodist Church and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church participate in the program.
Each year, an individual or organization from the community is recognized as the “Official Tree Lighter” in recognition of their contributions to the Boca Grande Community. Past honorees include Joe Wier, Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation; the Boca Grande Fire Department; and Dr. Tom Ervin, Boca Grande Health Clinic.
A special moment of the festivities is the live nativity scene with children from The Island School and the Boca Grande Pre-School participating.
Please join us this year on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5pm. The village tree is located on Park Avenue, across the street from Hudson’s Grocery. Event Chair: Ned Lehrian, firstname.lastname@example.org.