Holiday Festival 2020 Archive

New Displays for 2020

Due to COVID we had to cancel our usual events, but we had a wonderful display with our new Santa House. Thanks to all for your support!

The Rockery Lights and New Santa House

Many thanks to our sponsors, Harbor One Bank, North Easton Savings Bank, and Avery Lee Williams Family Trust, whose generous donations made possible this year’s Rockery lighting and new Santa House on Main Street and Lincoln Street in North Easton Village across from the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. 

Many thanks to our decorating partners

Paint Rust and Pixie Dust: Painted Santa chair and design & decorating North Pole mailbox
Easton Festival of Trees: Decorated holiday tree inside the house
Country Gardens: Donated reindeer & sleigh outside the house
Lynn Kingsbury: Made the Santa’s costume and boots in house
Fairway Landscaping
Holiday Event Lighting:
Lighting of the Rockery and outside trees


Aerial shots of Santa's house on the Rockery in North Easton
Aerial shots of Santa's house on the Rockery in North Easton
Aerial shots of Santa's house on the Rockery in North Easton

Many thanks to Michelle McGee, official scribe for Santa’s nice list and postal carrier.  Michelle has kept up with the list thru freezing temps and snow.  Poem written by Michelle McGee

A holiday poem about the rockery lights in North Easton, MA, in December 2020.
Easton Lions Santa's List 2020
Easton Lions Santa's List 2020
Easton Lions Santa's House North Pole mailbox

Check-out the videos of the Rockery set-up and Santa’s visit

A big thank you to Easton Community Access Television (ECAT) for producing these two videos on their YouTube channel.
Arlene Keach was the Director of Santa Connect and Jason Daniels with his team at ECAT was our major Film Director, they also produced the interviews of Lee, Lynne and Greg Murphy.  Many thanks to Greg Murphy for the selection of the beautiful trees and Jon Morgan for heading up Santa’s landscaping crew to install (film by Jon Morgan).
Many thanks to the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust for their donation and building of the new Santa House.

And on our Club’s YouTube channel, here is the Lions crew setting up one of the trees.

Festival History

Since 1986, at the Rockery and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton, Massachusetts, Easton townfolks  celebrate the holiday season with the annual Easton Holiday Festival coordinated by the Easton Lions Club and supported by many local businesses and families in Easton.  This event happens the first full weekend in December each year with the Easton Lions cooking up burgers, dogs and fried dough; bouncy houses, train and hay rides, and carnival games for the kids; crafters and artisans in historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and free entertainment at the entertainment tent on the Rockery.  Saturday evening welcomes Santa on his firetruck and he leads the countdown to the lighting of the Rockery and meets with all the kids.  Sunday highlights include the Holiday Parade, the reindog procession and the Greatest Kids Show…Ever!!! on the second floor great hall in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

In 1988 the Easton Businessman’s Association passed along the baton for the Festival to the Easton Lion’s Club.  The Lions took up the task and committed the resources to take over the management of the Festival of Lights, a Holiday-season event that had been in place since 1986 on the Rockery each December.  The Lions took this project on with their usual determination, growing it into the festive event it is today.  Significant changes have taken place over the years, most notably was in the mid-2000’s when the Rockery was restored to its 1882 appearance (necessitating the removal of its trees).  This moved the Lighting in a new direction, and the music-syncopated light-and-sound show we have today became part of the evolution of the Holiday Festival.

The Lions do not manage the Holiday Festival as a fund-raising event, but rather as a Holiday party put on for our townspeople.  We work to make changes from time-to-time, and hope to keep the event interesting and appealing to people of all ages.  The Holiday Festival takes place the first full weekend of every December.

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