Kate Pierpont and her 3-year-old daughter Alice, above, wait in excitement for the Christmas tree on the Huntington Green in Shelton to be lit. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

“It’s a nice tradition, especially when you have kids,” said Kate Pierpont, who lives in Shelton. “I’m a lifelong resident, so that makes it extra special.”

The tree is inside the gazebo on the Huntington Green and covered with multicolored lights. The event included a visit from Santa, the singing of Christmas carols, and short presentations from Mayor Mark Lauretti and event organizer Roger J. Spinelli.

Many local businesses played a role in the ceremony.