Giving a pep and info talk on the first ever Candlelight Stroll in downtown Ayer last December is, on far right, Alan S. Manoian, Ayer s Director of
Giving a pep and info talk on the first ever Candlelight Stroll in downtown Ayer last December is, on far right, Alan S. Manoian, Ayer s Director of Community and Economic Development, before heading out on the stroll and ending at Town Hall for a holiday tree lighting. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/ DAVID H. BROW (FILE)

AYER -- When downtown lights up for the annual Main Street Candlelight Stroll, it looks like a scene from a Christmas movie.

Perhaps that's why Downtown Ayer is featured in "The Spruces and the Pines," an independent Christmas film that will debut Sunday, Dec. 3 on the ION Channel. Ayer, as well as Townsend and points around the area, was featured in several scenes of the Romeo and Juliet-style Christmas tale, and multiple residents were featured as extras.

But before Hollywood can simulate what the holiday season is like downtown, Ayer itself plans to demonstrate.

The second annual Candlelight Stroll and Tree Lighting Ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 2, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The "magic" of the night in Downtown Ayer will come from the 1,000 candles, hand-made at Ymittos Candle Factory in Lowell. The joyful Candlelight Strollers meet at the Ayer Rail Trail Parking Lot at 4:45 p.m.; there the Ymittos Candles will be handed out and lit for the big stroll.

The Candlelight Stroll begins at exactly 5 p.m. as the strollers begin their glowing walk along Main Street to the Grand Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ayer Town Hallat 5:15 p.m.

Main Street Candlelight Strollers will be met at Ayer Town Hall with wonderful holiday singing performed by the Ayer/Shirley Middle School Chorus, and a dance performance by the young dancers of Maria's School of Dance.

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Claus will then countdown to the lighting of the town tree. Following the ceremony, the pair will be inside the reception room at the Town Hall to meet and hear Christmas wishes from children -- and possibly adults.

The following night at 9 p.m., the ION Channel will air "The Spruces and The Pines.", an independent motion picture for the Christmas Season filmed in Downtown Ayer. You will see scenes from Main Street, Union Coffee Roaster, Page Block, Pirone Park, and more.

Watch the official trailer to the movie on NashobaValleyVoice.com or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-HHilmxhlc