Residents joined carolers and local dignitaries outside Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Friday night for Norwalk City Hall's old fashioned tree lighting celebration. Crowds gathered in the park to listen to carols sung by the Norwalk High School chamber singers, the Norwalk Community Chorale and the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers.
"Caroling is historical," said caroler Kent Jackson. "It's a way of expressing cheer and just through music we can communicate a lot."
Visitors also had the chance to tour the rooms inside Norwalk's historic victorian-style Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, with each festively decorated according a particular era.
"You've got everything you can possibly want," said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. "It's safe, where you don't have to worry about crossing streets, the tree is right there, so this is the perfect location for it."
"I've sang at the mansion at least one year," said caroler Vickie Blake. "Beautiful, beautiful restoration."
"Something like this is a really nice event where everybody can come out," said Rilling. "Get to mingle with other people and see people in the community, have a hot chocolate, the kids get all excited because they know that Santa Clause is on his way, and it's really gratifying to see the eyes on the little children and how they light up and how excited they are. It's just a great time of year."