The Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights in the Rhinebeck Village takes place on November 19th, the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving weekend. A true collaboration of Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, presenting sponsor Rhinebeck Bank, local businesses and the Village of Rhinebeck offices, the downtown is resplendent with festive holiday lights, decorated store windows and is enjoyed by the community for weeks to come.

The Tree Lighting is a FREE afternoon event open to all. Beginning at 3:00 pm, attendees can enjoy fun activities, purchase or sample delicious food and beverages and be entertained with holiday music and performances till 5:30 pm. Local clubs such as Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange Program, Ramapo for Children, 4-H horse and goat clubs, karate and soccer teams, and local churches will host food and activity booths. The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce will also sell raffle tickets for a chance to win gift cards, tickets and a Sunset Champagne Sail for Two on the Hudson River.

The Parade of Lights steps off at Mulberry and E Market at 5pm where floats, fire trucks and community groups lead the way as Santa makes his grand entrance by horse drawn wagon to the Rhinebeck Bank Plaza. The parade will feature floats from Rhinebeck Ford, local fire companies and new additions to the lineup is LeClerc’s Martial Arts and Samuel’s Sweet Shop.  The festivities culminate with the traditional countdown courtesy of “Joe and Michelle of Q 92” and lighting of the tree in the center of the Rhinebeck Bank parking lot. Santa will hand out candy canes and greet children. “Some village merchants will have extended hours to allow for shoppers to continue enjoying the village lights, sights and sounds. By Lighting up Rhinebeck’ the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we set the stage for locals and tourists alike to enjoy their festive holiday stroll through downtown Rhinebeck.” says Claudia Cooley, Executive Director of The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Every year residents look forward to this wonderful holiday event, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, Rhinebeck village glows with warmth and love of community” continues Cooley, she adds “We are thrilled by how businesses and members of the community came together to support our “Light Up Rhinebeck” fundraiser to fund the lights in downtown Rhinebeck.  It is a costly endeavor and through the generosity of sponsors such as: Heermance Farm, LRC Group, Mansakenning LLC, Meltzer & Hill Wealth Advisory, Rikert’s Auto Body, Ruge’s Automotive, Scanlon’s Dry Cleaners, The Rhinecliff, William Gottlieb Real Estate, Williams Lumber, Winter Sun & Summer Moon and others we were able to secure funding to professionally install the lights”.

Organizations looking to participate by hosting booths with child-friendly activities or be a part of the Children’s parade that day can call the Chamber office at 845-876-5904 for further information.

About the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce
The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce was founded as the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce in 1957 by a group of energetic and motivated business leaders in Rhinebeck.  Throughout the year, the Chamber has grown from a small group of local businesses to more than 380 diversified businesses of all sizes throughout Rhinebeck and the northern Dutchess County area. For more information, visit www.rhinebeckchamber.com