KENNETT SQUARE—Historic Kennett Square officials said they will launch a new holiday tradition to bring even more festive seasonal cheer to downtown Kennett Square.

“In partnership with the Borough of Kennett Square, we’ve designed a lighting plan and will be wrapping ten large twenty-five foot trees along State Street in lights for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season,” said Corien Siepelinga, Square Pear Gallery owner and Historic Kennett Square board member. Siepelinga and a team of volunteers are also wrapping garlands with lights to be installed on lampposts to further brighten the town. The lights will remain on the trees through March to make the cold, dark winter nights feel brighter.

According to early sources from local historian Lynn Sinclair, an “arc light” burned on State Street in 1894, and in September 1895 a contract was negotiated between the Borough and the Kennett Square Electric Light Company to light the streets of the town. Now, 125 years later, Light up the Square will elevate the town’s street lighting to a new level, illuminating the historic buildings, shops, and restaurants for all to enjoy.

“We’re inviting shoppers to rediscover the joy of holiday shopping this season in Kennett Square, which was named the Best Suburban Shopping Destination 2019 by Philadelphia magazine,” says Historic Kennett Square Main Street Manager Claire Murray. “People can enjoy our great restaurants, independently owned shops, and events like Tinsel on the Town and the Holiday Village Market, and the holiday tree lights will add enormously to the vibrant character of our town—for our residents as well as for the many visitors who come to the area to visit Longwood Gardens and other attractions.”

“The tree lighting is great news for Kennett Square, and as an organization Historic Kennett Square is pleased to be leading the charge, in addition to funding a significant portion of the Light up the Square initiative,” says Historic Kennett Square Board President Tom Sausen. “Part of the mission of Historic Kennett Square is to foster the diverse cultural and social vitality of our community, and so we’re also pleased to partner with the community as we invite individuals and businesses to contribute to what we hope will become yet another Kennett Square tradition that makes the town even more vibrant and inviting for all.” A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Historic Kennett Square organizes events throughout the year including Third Thursdays, the Kennett Square Farmers Market, KSQ Restaurant Week, Weekend of the Arts, and Tinsel on the Town.

“Tree lights are beautiful,” says Siepelinga, “but to do it well is expensive.” A donation to Light up the Square, in any amount, is a perfect tribute to a loved one and a great way to show your love for our beautiful town. If you’d like to sponsor a tree or make a tax-deductible donation towards Light up the Square, please got to https://historickennettsquare.com/support/lights/ for more information. The tree lights will be turned on Friday, November 22nd, to coincide with the opening of A Longwood Christmas.

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