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PHOTOS: Rockingham’s Cole Plaza lit up for Christmas

MacKenzi Willis, 5, stands in front of the Happy Holidays light display at the top of Cole Plaza following Tuesday night's tree-lighting. See more photos below. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

As the temperature dropped, a crowd gathered at Cole Plaza Tuesday evening for annual lighting of Rockingham’s Christmas tree.

Following a performance by students from L.J. Bell Elementary, Mayor John Hutchinson welcomed the crowd and introduced the guest tree-lighters: Rockingham Dragway owners Dan VanHorn and Al Gennarelli.

Gennarelli flipped the switch following a countdown from 10 and the tree lit up to applause.

This is the second municipal tree lighting of the 2023 season, with Hamlet kicking things off on Monday.


Click here to see photos from Hamlet.

Click here to read about more upcoming Christmas events.

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