Union City welcomes the holidays

Officials light tree, students croon Christmas songs
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Union City officials wished everybody a happy holiday this year while lighting the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 2. Students from the high school choir and band performed holiday music on the sidewalk while Santa Claus made an appearance.
Resident Micaias Rojas came to see his daughter Raquel, 18, perform in the choir.
“She’s going to visit relatives in Columbia this Christmas,” Rojas said. “Every year we have a tradition of drinking hot chocolate and eating paneton [a Spanish fruitcake].”
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“This is a wonderful time to be together with beautiful music.” – Commissioner Maryury Martinetti
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Rojas said he’s going to miss her when she leaves, so he’s spending time with her before that.
Resident Richel, 11, said, “I came to see my cousin Rosie.”
“This is a wonderful time to be together with beautiful music,” Commissioner Maryury Martinetti said.
“I want to wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year’s,” Commissioner Celin Valdivia said.
Reverend Thomas Devine blessed the tree before it was lit. Santa came out ringing a bell while students sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The street concert included other popular and Spanish holiday songs. Santa posed for pictures with residents and officials before the lighting was over.
The tree will remain lit in front of Union City Town Hall until after New Year’s Day.
Samantha Meyers can be reached at samantham@hudsonreporter.com .