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County's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday, November 29

Towson, Maryland (November 27, 2013) – Baltimore County's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place this Friday, November 29 at 6 p.m. It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will preside over the official tree lighting with assistance from members of the Baltimore County Council and the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. The annual family event will feature free hot chocolate and pastries and holiday musical performances.

The event is co-hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc., County Executive Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Council. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, the Baltimore Sun Media Group, Retail Properties of America, Mid-Atlantic Properties and Zerodraft. Refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and Cunningham's Kitchen.

This year's event will feature musical performances by the Perry Hall Middle School Panthers Choir and the Anna Apicella School of Dance. The tree will be lit at approximately 6:20 p.m. followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus atop a fire engine.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

The Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a festive Santa's Workshop with free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as musical performances for the holidays. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa. Santa's Workshop is across York Road from Olympian Park at 1 E. Joppa Road (next to Barnes and Noble). For more information about this event and Towson Winterfest, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce at 410-825-1144.

Temporary Road Closures

To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 5 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. that evening.

Free Holiday Parking for the Holiday Season

Baltimore County will provide free holiday metered parking in the county's traditional shopping districts from Friday, December 20 through Christmas Day. Shoppers can find free parking spaces by looking for the parking meters decorated with red "free parking" bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Pikesville, Overlea-Fullerton, Arbutus, Stoneleigh and Dundalk. Red "Season's Greetings – Free Parking" meter bags will be placed over the meters on these designated days.

Patrons are asked to limit their stay to two hours so that everyone has an opportunity to park for free during this program.