Join Lyme Academy for its first Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 13.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will host its first holiday tree-lighting celebration Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. outside the Elisabeth Gordon Chandler Center.

This family-friendly event will feature a musical performance by the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Band playing festive holiday classics in the Stobart Barn. Inside the Chandler Center, children can make an ornament for their homes and bring their Christmas lists to Santa’s elves in the lecture room.

The Hauthschild Exhibit of paintings of steam locomotives is on loan from the Valley Railroad Company in Essex and will be on display outside the Chauncey Stillman Gallery in the Chandler Building.

Families can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies generously provided by Essex Savings Bank in the reception area.

The Academy expresses its gratitude to the event’s sponsors and partners, which include Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, Beautigasm Makeup Artistry, and Doug Hampton Dowson Photography.

Non-perishable food donations for the Shoreline Food Kitchen will be gratefully accepted during the event.

All are welcome to attend this fun-filled evening and ring in the holiday season in Old Lyme at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.