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Columbia Theatre gets in holiday spirit with Nov.30 tree-trimming party

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The holiday season will officially arrive at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Nov. 30, when the historic downtown theatre unveils a tree adorned with hundreds of decorations created by area children and teens.

     The annual tree-trimming party, scheduled for 2-4 p.m., will feature musical entertainment by first grade Accelerated Magnet Program students from Hammond Eastside Elementary and Hammond Westside Elementary schools and a special visit by Santa Claus.

     “Santa will pose for photos with all of our guests,” said Michelle Biggs, Columbia marketing director. Refreshments will also be provided.

     Biggs said the tree in the Columbia lobby will be decorated with ornaments, all with musical themes, submitted by hundreds of local students from first graders to high school seniors.

     In a special drawing during the party, one student will be selected to appear as a guest conductor at the popular Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra holiday concert at the Columbia on Dec. 12. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available online at or at the box office, 220 E. Thomas St.

     "The tree-trim party will be a great way for area families to start the holiday season." said Biggs. "We encourage everyone to come out and visit Santa and let him know if you've been naughty or nice."

     For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-543-4366.

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