With Christmas quickly approaching, the Nashoba Valley is putting on its holiday best to usher in the holiday season.

Ayer’s third annual Candlelight Stroll and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. The stroll will begin in the Rail Trail parking lot and conclude with a tree lighting ceremony, as well as photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Groton’s annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Groton Interfaith Council, will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. Music will be provided by the Groton Brass Ensemble and the Nashoba Valley Concert Band. The ceremony will feature blessings, carols, prayers, and readings from the Groton Interfaith Council. Following a tradition, the Groton Interfaith Council will honor a group of citizens who have made a significant contribution to their town. This year’s honorees are the Nashua River Watershed Association and the Nashua River Wild and Scenic Study Committee, recognizing their regional work to preserve the local rivers. Representatives from both groups have been asked to help light the tree.

Groton’s tree lighting ceremony will conclude with a reception inside the Union Congregational Church.

In Townsend, Townsend Ecumenical Outreach and Townsend Business Association join forces for a holiday ceremony to thank the community, and bring it together for the holiday season.

The program starts with will start off with the Girl Scouts singing carols, followed by an outside program consisting of all-sing carols and words from town clergy. Following a countdown and special visitor, the tree, donated by D.J. Hussey Tree Farm, will be lighted. The ceremony then moves inside Townsend Congregational Church for an indoor music program and a traditional “hobo stew” meal.

If you go


What: Third annual Candlelight Stroll and Tree Lighting ceremony

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.

Where: Beginning at Rail Trail parking lot


What: Groton Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Where: Front lawn of Union Congregational Church


What: Tree Lighting ceremony

When: Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Lawrence Library, 15 Main St.


What: Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Townsend town common