Ringing in the Holidays: Smithfield lights town tree, hosts Mistletoe Market
Published 5:17 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2022
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Spectators watch as the town's Christmas tree is lit for the first time this season. (Photos by Stephen Faleski | The Smithfield Times)
Preschoolers from Trinity United Methodist Church sing Christmas songs at the Smithfield Times gazebo stage.
Smithfield High School's jazz band performs.
Jim and Elaine Abicht, owners of The Christmas Store on Main Street, were this year's tree-lighters.
Kathy Lippard and Carol Austin of the Woman's Club of Smithfield hand out cookies at the end of the tree-lighting ceremony.
Tia Benson-Bond of Portsmouth met up with Sheryl Jordan of Smithfield to attend the town's Mistletoe Market on Main Street Saturday afternoon.
Camille and Kirt Wattier, both of Hampton, work The Candle Cellar's booth.
Will and Jessica Futrell, both of Smithfield, work their booth for E&H Farms.
Jadan and Graysen Bennet, both of Smithfield, stop outside Maggie Casey's Celtic Treasure.
Caleigh Williford and Marisabel Condit perform as one of several dance acts by Southside Ballet of Smithfield.
Jerry and Heike Taylor of Carrollton watch the Southside ballet dance acts.
Smithfield kicked off the Christmas season with its annual tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 18, followed by its Mistletoe Market on Main Street Nov. 19. Jim and Elaine Abicht, owners of The Christmas Store on Main Street, served as this year’s tree-lighters. The tree-lighting ceremony also featured performances by Trinity United Methodist Church’s preschool choir and Smithfield High School’s jazz band. The Mistletoe Market, held from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, included performances by Smithfield High School’s chorus, Southside Ballet and Footnotes School of Dance at the Smithfield Times gazebo stage, acoustic guitarist Mark Calhoun at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and a visit from Santa Claus at the porch at Laura & Lucy’s.