The Avenue at White Marsh announced it will still hold its 24th Annual Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 19 but announced the event will not hold a large community gathering.
“Due to the tremendous number of people this event typically draws and the limited viewing space available, it does not yet seem appropriate to host an event and encourage a gathering of this magnitude,” said a statement from The Avenue at White Marsh.
“Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate all festivities with exception to the countdown and tree lighting on Friday, November 19th.”
THE AVENUE explained the tree will be lit but the event will not be as festive as the shopping center’s street will not close and Santa will not attend.
The AVENUE Tree Lighting was held virtually and the Holiday Parade was canceled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.
“Customers patronizing THE AVENUE will enjoy the moment and the community will be invited to view the lighting via Facebook,” said The AVENUE.
A decision has not been made for the 2021 Holiday Parade as the AVENUE said they with consult will Baltimore County before making an announcement about the status of the parade.