From a Letter to the Editor of the Hingham Journal:
Downtown Hingham celebrated it’s 37th Christmas in the Square on Dec. 7. This year the square shined even brighter with the first Luminaria Festival. The square was transformed into a magical holiday celebration as Santa arrived atop a fire truck in a winter wonderland of white lights and festively decorated shops. Music by local musicians and student groups were heard throughout the square and the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was playing on the train vent courtyard. The Festival of Trees had a beautiful display at the community center. Groups of young revelers paraded through the square with oversized candy canes in hand, greeting friends and sharing the season’s excitement. Families mingled, friends and neighbors exchanged greetings and shop owners offered warm welcomes in this old-fashioned, hometown seasonal celebration.