Manchester offers festivities, tradition, history

Manchester City held its Christmas parade Nov. 28.

Every year, Manchester residents enjoy a Christmas parade, with the lighting of the Christmas tree marking the beginning of the holiday festivities.

“Several years back, the Manchester Tourism Commission wanted to launch a new tradition at the end of the parade that would allow citizens to come together and celebrate the lighting of the city tree as an unofficial start to the Christmas season,” said Alderman Ryan French. “Each year, (usually) at the end of the parade officials give folks time to make their way downtown for a countdown and lighting by a special ‘tree lighting guest.’ Once the switch is flipped, folks celebrate with cheers and hours of photo shoots.”

Manchester City held its Christmas parade Nov. 28.

Manchester City held its Christmas parade Nov. 28.