Town plans ‘Frost Fest,’ stops tree-lighting ceremony

November 14, 2019 GMT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town that’s faced criticism over its annual holiday celebration is making some tweaks, planning a “Frost Fest” without a tree-lighting ceremony or grand entrance from Santa.

WMUR-TV reports in past years Durham’s held a tree-lighting ceremony. But, after some concerns that the event was too focused on Christmas, a working group was formed to make changes, such as not hanging wreaths on light posts.

The Frost Fest is billed as a “winter celebration” with a bonfire, cookie decorating, ice sculpting, crafts and activities.

Last year, town officials were under fire for denying a menorah to be displayed next to the tree decorated annually at a local park. The officials cited vandalism concerns.