Holiday Season Officially Begins in Rehoboth Beach
For more than 30 years, the Rehoboth Beach bandstand has been lit up by a Christmas tree each night of the holiday season. That season starts with an annual tree lighting and sing along celebration.
Rehoboth Beach Program Director, Corey Groll explains, "On Black Friday, everybody goes out and goes shopping and they enjoy their time and they end up here and they go out to dinner and the end their night by beginning the Christmas season with us here in Rehoboth Beach."
This event draws out thousands of people from Philadelphia, Virginia, New Jersey, as well as other parts of the country, and even right here in Rehoboth Beach.
This tree will draw people to town all season long and in turn benefit the local economy. "They generate the revenue for all of the shop owners and the small businesses as well go out to the local restaurants," says Groll.
It was the Clear Space Theatre that carried the tune of the event, leading everyone in song. Board Member and Performer, Kelsey Murphy lists some of the songs from the program. "A bunch of different Christmas carols from 'Oh Christmas Tree', 'Santa Baby', a little Mariah Carey, all the classics, 'White Christmas'. Everyone should just get in the holiday spirit and hit the ground running with all the classics."
The tree lighting would not be possible without Pat and Paul Romaine of Lewes who donated the tree. Paul says he planted the tree 17 years ago and that he and his wife have been wanting to donate one to be the city's Christmas tree for a couple years. "I think it looks great in town. I didn't realize how large it was between the two homes and we're glad that it's donated to a good cause," Paul remarks.
It's a tradition that the tree come in the form of a donation so that it represents the community that celebrates it and it will light up the bandstand through the week after Christmas.
Santa watched the event from his house on the boardwalk as he listened to all of the girls and boys that came to share their wishlists. To find out when the next time Santa will be back in town, visit the city's website: https://www.cityofrehoboth.com/news/general/santas-house-boardwalk