Meet us at First Light
Brookline's Holiday CelebratioN!
First Light began twenty years ago in Washington Square when several businesses came together to spread holiday cheer by hanging snowflakes in their storefront windows. These glowing flakes illuminated the square, signaling the start of the holiday season. Over the years, First Light has grown into the Town’s annual winter festival, showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and performers at businesses and other venues throughout town.
In addition to hosting a variety of family-friendly performances and exhibits, many businesses also offer free giveaways, food samples, raffle prizes, hot cider and more. Festival-goers come out for an evening of free entertainment and to get a head start on their holiday shopping at one of Brookline’s many shops.
The First Light festival also sponsors a photography contest, challenging local photographers to capture “Brookline Life.” What began as a small competition has since morphed into an exhibition of photos capturing many of Brookline’s iconic landmarks and scenery.
First Light is organized by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce with support from past First Light business volunteers and the Town’s Economic Development Division. Thank you to the businesses that sponsor and host festivities for First Light, and the musicians, artists, and performers who make First Light possible.