Tree Lighting 2015

Annual Darien Sport Shop Downtown Tree Lighting on Sunday

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A Darien tradition for almost 40 years, the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place behind the Darien Sports Shop starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Mr. Z — store founder Stephen Zangrillo, who also started the annual tree lighting event — passed away earlier this year, “however, we will still have a special tribute to the man who made this magic happen for so many years,” Darien Sports Shop said in an announcement. Mr. Z will be honored with a light show after Santa arrives. The Darien Community Band will start playing at 4:30 p.m., and Santa arrives at 5 p.m. to light the tree.