Annual tree-lighting festival set for Friday

Festivities will start at noon in downtown Bethel with horse-drawn carriage rides that continue until 4 p.m.

Boy Scouts will hand out soup provided by Bethel's restaurants and eateries beginning at 2 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m. Bethel's High School chorus will provide holiday music and the tree lighting will take place at P.T. Barnum Square at 5:30 p.m., followed by the arrival of Santa Claus.