The Festival of Lights is returning to Symphony Linden on Saturday, Dec. 4. Presented by Linden Pay It Forward, this event will feature thousands of lights and Christmas displays at the assisted living facility. 

 Santa Claus will turn the lights on at 6 p.m. The public is invited to come drive around the facility in their car or walk around. 

 Last year, 2020, was the first year for the Festival of Lights at Symphony. Organizers wanted to bring holiday cheer to the assisted living residents and their families after not being able to meet in person due to the pandemic. 

“Last year, with everything shut down and holiday events canceled due to COVID, we saw a real need to bring Christmas spirit to not only the residents of Symphony but for our community as well. Thus, Linden Festival of Lights was born,” said Project Manager Stephanie Johnson. “The purpose of the event remains the same this year as it did last year. Through acts of kindness and uniting together, we can create something beautiful to share with each other, our community and the surrounding areas this holiday season.”

 Holiday music will be provided by the Linden High School Marching Band and Choir. The first 100 visitors will receive a free goodie bag. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available on the front lawn. 

 “We have added more light displays, handmade displays, and have themed areas to enjoy,” Johnson said. 

 They have a Frozen and Who-Ville section, as well as a Linden Kids Corner. Eight classrooms in Linden schools helped create decorations. They also added a few photo opportunity locations around the grounds where families can take pictures. 

 “It took dozens of the Linden Pay It Forward volunteers to help make this event possible and without them we would have nothing,” Johnson said. “We have worked hard to bring this event to the community and we hope everyone enjoys it.”

 Those planning to walk the grounds can park in the Linden Elementary parking lot next to Symphony.

 Linden Pay it Forward also will be lighting the Angel Memorial Tree at 311 W. Broad St., on Wednesday, Dec 1. They will officially christen this annual tree “The PJ Dobos Memorial Angel Tree.” The tree includes more than 40 memorial angels along with ornaments to remember those who have died in the community.

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