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Annual Event Ushers in the Holiday Season for Crystal City Neighborhood
ARLINGTON, VA, December 2, 2020 – For several decades, hundreds of members of the Arlington community have gathered at Melwood’s Arlington campus to kick off the holiday season. While the community won’t be able to come together in person for this time-honored tradition because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melwood is keeping the Miracle festivities alive in a new way.
What: Virtual Miracle on 23rd Street – Visit from Santa and Tree Lighting
Melwood will be joined by the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Fire Station 5, and a very holly-jolly guest as they drive thru the 23rd St. community to spread some holiday joy. The event will end with the traditional lighting of our historic Christmas tree – which is the largest in Arlington.
When: Friday, December 4
5:00-6:30 p.m. Santa is accompanied through the 23rd St. community
6:45-7:00 p.m. Tree Lighting at Melwood and streamed via Zoom
Where: Melwood Arlington
750 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202
Who: Larysa Kautz, Melwood Interim President & CEO
Why: This time-honored tradition started at Linden Resources decades ago and is one that Melwood has been proud to inherit and maintain. Melwood is providing a way for families to participate virtually and keep the spirit of the event alive. The traditional tree lighting will be available to view virtually at this link. In addition, families looking for ways to keep their children entertained can purchase, “Miracle on 23rd St in a Box” kits that contain all the supplies needed to make reindeer food, holiday wreaths, and decorate festive cookies. The boxes can be purchased here.
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