In celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season, the annual Christmas tree lighting and festivities will take place in downtown Benson. Entertainment begins at 6:00 pm at Benton Square. Shortly after the tree is lit at 6:40 pm, the parade begins and Santa will arrive by horse and carriage. Santa will visit with children on Main Street in front of Jenny’s Sweet Creations until 8 pm. The stores on Main Street will be open, serving hot beverages and treats, and local civic clubs will be handing out free items.