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2022 Raffle Winners Announced

December 14, 2022

Announcing our 2022 Home for the Holidays Display & Raffle Winners!

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets for supporting our main fundraiser that allows us to string the lights and decorate the common each holiday season.

Did you win? Click HERE to find out!

If you are a Winner, please read all information below.

Item Pickup Dates and Times are as follows:  
Wednesday, December 14
11:00am – 1:00pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday, December 15
11:00am – 1:00pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, December 16
11:00am – 1:00pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please be sure to bring your winning ticket and a photo ID with you to pick up your item.

Please make every effort to pick up your item during the above timeframes, avoiding times not within the above timeframes.

Please DO NOT call the Library regarding Item Pickup. If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

2022 Raffle Ticket Sales Ended

December 11, 2022

Raffle Ticket Sales have now ended for the 2022 Home for the Holidays Display and Raffle.

Raffle Winners will be DRAWN on Tuesday, December 13.

Raffle Winners will be ANNOUNCED on Wednesday, December 14.

Raffle Prize Pickup will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Please DO NOT call or inquire at the Library about Raffle Ticket Drawing status.

Please check back here for updates!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10: FREE Pictures with Santa, sponsored by North Billerica Smiles

December 6, 2022

2022 FREE Pictures with Santa

Saturday, December 10, 2022
Billerica Council on Aging / Senior Center
25 Concord Road
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Each family gets a high-resolution, printed picture with no watermark.

One (1) taken/printed picture per family.

We also allow you to take your own photo with your own camera or phone.

No appointment necessary.

The line closes at 2:00PM SHARP.

You must be in line no later than 2:00PM to get a picture.

NO PETS are allowed at this event.

This event is completely FREE. We are better than the mall!

Generously Sponsored By: 

Our Santa:



December 1, 2022



Winter Festival (Games & Activities)
2:00PM – 6:00PM
FREE Games, Activities, and Prizes for everyone!
Located between the Library & Senior Center

2:00PM – 4:30PM 
FREE Hot Chocolate in front of the Talbot Lodge
Provided by the Billerica Community Pantry

3:00PM – 5:00PM   
FREE Food & Kids Craft at the First Parish Church
(white Church in the Center)

24th Annual Tree Lighting on the Common
Beginning at 4:25PM
Music Program begins at 4:25PM SHARP      
Singer/Songwriter Leighann Hodgkins returns to sing all your Christmas favorites!
Followed by our traditional sing along.
Arrival of Santa & Friends at approximately 5:15PM.
Tree Lighting immediately to follow.

  We are immensely thankful and appreciative to our organizational partners in the stringing and hanging of the lights on the trees on the common:


2022 Holiday Festival Donors

October 3, 2022

We truly can not express our thanks and gratitude to the donors on this page enough.

Special thanks to each of these donors for their generosity and donation to our efforts this year to our 24th Season!

Tree Lighting Partners
IBEW Local 103
Gaston Electrical

with special thanks to
Shawsheen Technical High School Electrical Dept.

Pictures with Santa Sponsor
North Billerica Smiles

Premier Donors ($1,000+)
Bruno Brothers Plumbing & Hvac Inc
Cabot Corporation, Billerica
CR Machine
Gregory Lombardi Design
Parterre Garden Services
Salem Five Bank, Billerica
Waste Management

Platinum Donors ($500 – $999)
Bob & Cathy Accomando
Billerica Auto Parts
Fred & Judi Ciampa 
Kim & Marty Conway
The Dodge Company
O’Connor Hardware

Gold Donors ($200 – $499)
Bay State Counseling and Wellness, Dr. Gina Aguayo

Billerica Access Television
Billerica Garden Club
Donation of the tree, wreathes, and boughs that adorn the Gazebo in the Center; as well as donating their time making the Gazebo look festive.
Billerica Winwater
Boyle Transportation
Dan’s Auto Repair
Steve Dresser 
The French Family Foundation
Christopher Gilman
In Memory of Clif, Sue, Frank, and Jackie E. Thissell
Mystic Contracting Ltd.
Powderly & Sons Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Ellen & Peter Rawlings 
Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home 
Twin Metals, Inc.

Tree Sponsors ($125)
Ailish & Aston Luxe (Project Support)
American Dream Homes
(Marshall Middle)
John & Suzette Ciancio
(Parker Elementary)
Tracy DeJoy (Locke Middle)
Michelle Della Porta (Billerica Community Pantry)
Barbara Flaherty (Hajjar Elementary)
Cheri Gargalianos (Project Support)
Jim & Rebecca Gately (Kennedy Elementary)
The Komarinski Family (Dutile Elementary)
Mary Leach (Ditson Elementary) 
Mike & Maureen O’Brien
(Shawsheen Tech)
The Riley Family
Barbara Wittenhagen (Parker Elementary)

Silver Donors ($100 – $199)
Baystate Pool Supplies, Inc.
Boston Road Family Chiropractic

Mark & Kathleen Efstratiou
EZ Tax & Accounting Services
Brian D. Goguen, PC

Sharon & Jack Healey

J. F. McBride, Jr. Insurance Agency
Joan L. Parcewski Charitable Trust
The Lovell Family

Bob & Dawn Mason 
Shea, Dangora and Nelson, PC
Charles Todd
Judith Tolan
Triple M Contracting

Bronze Donors ($50 – $99)
American Dream Homes
Carol Ann Bejtlich
Billerica Clerical Union, IUPE Local 140
Brian J. Dinsmore Landscaping Contractors
Candlelight & Roses Florist
Katherine Kiezulas
Jo Leary
Stephen J. Lentine, Attorney at Law
Linda & Dennis Little
Steve’s Pinehurst Tavern
Kathleen Malone
Anne & George Noel
Lisa O’Connor 
Patricia Sawyer
Neelam Wali

Friends of the Holiday Festival
Billerica Emblem Club, #410
John & Suzette Ciancio
Joan DiOrio
Alex Esteban
McCue’s Flower Outlet
Cheryl Porzio
The Wesling Family

   Holiday Reception Donors
Chung King / Mike’s Place
Stelio’s Family Restaurant
Jade Pacific Restaurant
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, & Shakes
What the Fork Catering
Brightview Senior Living
Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley
Good Thymes Restaurant (Lowell, MA)

Home for the Holidays Display & Raffle Donors
Ailish & Aston Luxe
Alan Kessler’s Karate Center

Alicia Dame, Tupperware
Arbonne, by Consultant Joanne Sprague
Anonymous Donor
Anonymous Donor
The Bennett Family 
Billerica Access Television
Billerica Busy Bee (COA) Knitters
Billerica Cat Care Coalition 
Billerica Community Pantry
Billerica Council on Aging Quilters
Billerica Garden Club
Billerica Historical Society
Billerica Knights of Columbus #3963
Billerica Lions Club
Billerica Memorial High School, Class of 2023 
Billerica Red Hat Rowdies
In Memory of: Caroline Vitale, Rena Zangri, Lorraine Malignaggi, June Ekstrom, Mary Gately, Carol DeBenedictis, Teri Miller, Kay O’Donnell, Lois Azulay, Geri McKenney, Sandra Mitchell, Ruth Czmut, Mary White, Doris Hanson, Jeannette Rohnstock, Barbara Zemba and Dot McGinness.
Billerica Rotary Club
Billerica Scholarship Foundation
Billerica Sons of Italy 
Billerica Twinning Group
The Botte Family
Bow Wow Salon 
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica
Brightview Senior Living
Burns & Egan Realty Group
Fred & Judi Ciampa 
Bob Correnti
Crafty Cricut by Melissa
Barbara Daverin 
The DePierro Family
Dementia Friendly Billerica 
Ditson DSA
Dutile Elementary School PTO 
Enterprise Bank
Family Friends of the Billerica Public Library
The Ferris Family 
First Congregational Church
Friends of the Billerica Holiday Festival
Joanne & Dave Gagliardi
John Gagliardi
Georgio’s Liquors 
Gina Williams, Karyn Moody, Maura Sardella, Maureen LaRosa, & Sharon Crescio
Ed & Sandra Giroux
Hajjar Parents Association 
International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Billerica Assembly #61
The Keen Family
Kennedy Elementary School PTO
Melissa King
Lauray Lanthier
Libby Family & Girl Scout Troop 62691
Life Care Center 
Locke Middle School PTO
Marshall Middle School PTO
Marshall’s Autobody Experts
An Item In Memory of Edward & Loiuse Mayer
Mazmanian Flooring
Mary K McBride
McLaughlin Family Daycare
Karen Miller
The Neu / Fagan Families
New England Police Benevolent Association Local 5A & 5B / Billerica Police Union
The O’Halloran Family 
Parker Elementary School PTO 
Project Support Preschool
Rosewood & Edenwood Neighbors
Salt Box Nursery 
The Schafer Family
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School (2 items)
St Anne’s Episcopal Church
Stoneham Bank (2 items)
Sunshine Gals Kitchen 
Tastefully Simple by Steph
The Tribe
Yankee Doodle Homecoming

2022 Events – Mark Your Calendars

September 1, 2022

We are excited to announce our 2022 Calendar of Events.

November 18th
6:30PM – 9:00PM

Holiday Reception
Billerica Public Library
A 21+ Event
Ticket information to follow in October.

November 19th thru December 11th
Home for the Holidays Display & Raffle
– Many different holiday decorations open for free viewing at the Billerica Public Library.
– Raffle tickets available for purchase at the Library.

December 3rd
2:00PM – 6:00PM
Winter Festival (Games & Activities)
Located between the Library and the Senior Center.

24th Annual Tree Lighting on the Common
Program begins at 4:25pm SHARP
Arrival of Santa and Friends at approximately 5:15PM
Tree Lighting immediately to follow

December 10th
10:00AM – 2:00PM
FREE Pictures with Santa
Sponsored by North Billerica Smiles
Billerica Council on Aging / Senior Center
25 Concord Road, Billerica Center

2022 Christmas in July Calendar Raffle WINNERS

July 1, 2022

Thank you to all of those who donated Gift Cards to our Calendar Raffle. Please patronize and support the businesses that support the Billerica Holiday Festival and our mission!

Winners will be announced daily throughout the month of July and will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

Winners will be notified by phone and/or email and prizes will be mailed to the address provided on their ticket.

July 1 – Herby Q $50 Gift Card
Devyn Lowe (Woburn, MA) – Ticket #0229

July 2 – $75 Cash
Jill McLaughlin (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0672

July 3 – Burton’s Grill $100 Gift Card
Melissa Wabnik (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0157

July 4 – $100 Cash, courtesy of Billerica Sons of Italy
Mary Camilleri (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0531

July 5 – Market Basket $25 Gift Card
Wayne Fisher (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0646

July 6 – Turnpike Market $25 Gift Card
John Pellegrino (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0495

July 7 – 99 Restaurants $25 Gift Card
Jenni Neu (North Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0760

July 8 – Panera Bread $30 Gift Card
Michael Parker (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0154

July 9 – $75 Cash
Marilyn Yavanian (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0196

July 10 – Good Thymes Restaurant $50 Gift Card
Carolyn Richard (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0438

July 11 – Market Basket $25 Gift Card
Kristi Short (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0165

July 12 – 99 Restaurants $25 Gift Card
Dianne Bone (North Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0217

July 13 – Chili’s Restaurant $25 Gift Card
Laura Vittum (Burlington, MA) – Ticket #0394

July 14 – Outback Steakhouse $25 Gift Card
Pamela Aprile (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0773

July 15 – Panera Bread $35 Gift Card 
Jean Morrison (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0424

July 16 – $75 Cash
Debbi Flagg (Sanbornville, NH) – Ticket #0456

July 17 – Good Thymes Restaurant $50 Gift Card
Arnold Whitcomb (Woburn, MA) – Ticket #0525

July 18 – 99 Restaurants $25 Gift Card
Susan Rotellini (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0624

July 19 – Market Basket $25 Gift Card
James Sweeney (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0346

July 20 – Chili’s Restaurant $25 Gift Card
Annemarie Yavanian (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0075

July 21 – Cheesecake Factory $25 Gift Card
Kathie Forti (Methuen, MA) – Ticket #0504

July 22 – 99 Restaurants $50 Gift Card
Christine Drown (Epping, NH) – Ticket #0061

July 23 – Outback Steakhouse $25 Gift Card
Patricia Melanson (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0416

July 24 – $75 Cash
Raymond Godbout (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0074

July 25 — Stelio’s Family Restaurant $50 Gift Card & Chung King Restaurant $50 Gift Card
Ellen Bennett (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0480

July 26 – 99 Restaurants $25 Gift Card 
Karen DeSantis (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0048

July 27 – $25 Cash
Marty LaCarbonara (North Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0099

July 28 – $25 Cash
Kathy Hajinlian (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0487

July 29 – Burtons Grill & Bar $100 Gift Card
Darlene Burke (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0664

July 30 – Outback Steakhouse $25 Gift Card
Kelly Gaviban (Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0108

July 31 – $100 Cash
Karen Foster (North Billerica, MA) – Ticket #0687

2022 Christmas in July Calendar Raffle

May 19, 2022

Something new the Billerica Holiday Festival is doing this year: introducing our Christmas in July Calendar Raffle. All proceeds will go towards supporting our free, family events this holiday season!

We will draw a winner for each day in July.

Calendar Raffle sales have concluded.

Here is what you could win!

2021 Light the Common Campaign Donors

August 31, 2021

We truly can not express our thanks and gratitude to the donors on this page enough.

Special thanks to each of these donors for their generosity and donation to our efforts this year to light as much of the Common as we can!

Pictures with Santa Sponsor
North Billerica Smiles

Premier Donors ($1,000+)
Billerica Auto Parts
CR Machine (The Rigoli Family)
Judi & Fred Ciampa 
Erin & Matthew Forti
Salem Five Bank, Billerica
Waste Management 

Platinum Donors ($500 – $999)
Cathy & Robert Accomando
America’s Auto Auction

Kim & Marty Conway
Billerica Red Hat Rowdies (In Memory Of)
Mary Gately, Carol DeBenedictis, Teri Miller, Kay O’Donnell, Lois Azulay, Geri McKenney, Sandra Mitchell, Ruth Czmut, Mary White, Doris Hanson, Jeannette Rohnstock, Barbara Zemba, Dot McGinness
John Decourcey Roofing Company, Inc (The Decourcey Family)
Enterprise Bank (Both Billerica Locations) 
Barbara Flaherty
Gregory Lombardi Design, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) 
JP O’Connor Hardware, Inc
The Krochune Family (in memory of Louise Mayer)
Lantheus Medical Imaging
Parterre Garden Services
Stoneham Bank
StrongBack Systems
Tecta America New England
W. L. French Excavating Corporation

Gold Donors ($200 – $499)
Billerica Access Television
Billerica Firefighters IAFF, Local 1495
Billerica Lions Club
The Billerica Spools, Quilters @ COA
Billerica Winwater
Boyle Transportation
Burns & Egan Realty Group

Bob Correnti
Dresser, Williams and Way, Inc
The Deslaurier Family
State Senator Cindy Friedman 
Joanne & David Gagliardi 
Shirley Holdman
James O’Connell Insurance

Charlotte (Sherry) Keen
Representative Marc Lombardo
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes
MTM Brainerd Insurance 
Mystic Contracting
Powderly & Sons Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Ellen & Peter Rawlings
Sandra Sonsini
Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home
In memory of Clif, Sue, Frank, & Jackie E. Thissell
Peter Violette

Special Thanks to the Billerica Garden Club for decorating the Gazebo on the Common with a Christmas tree, greenery, and boughs they purchased.

Silver Donors ($100 – $199)
Christina Aurilio
Nayantara Bhat 
Billerica Garden Club
Billerica Knights of Columbus, Fr. Harold M. Wren Council #3963
Billerica Partners for Education
Billerica Twinning Group 
Frances Bilotta

Marie & Richard Blanchette
The Botte Family

Brian J. Dinsmore Landscaping Contractors, Inc.
Jennifer Brucker
Margie Bou-Nassif

Dan & Marie Burns
Coatings2Go, LLC
Marion DePierro
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dube
Jennifer & Wayne Fisher
Kathie Forti 
Cheri Gargalianos
Peg Gelinas
Chuck & Collette Graham
Brian Goguen, CPA 
Hajjar Elementary School Parents Association
In memory of Cara Hartery
Sharon & Jack Healey

Joan Parcewski Charitable Trust
Kay & Gerry Johnson 
Kathy Kiezulas 
Sara Leonard
Emily Linszner
Cathleen & Brian Lomasney
Stephen Maniscalco
Robert Mason
Mary K. McBride
Angela Mclaughlin
Nancy & George Merrill
Millennium Research Laboratories (MRL), Inc. (Woburn, MA) 
Jenni Neu
Anne & George Noel 
The Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 212, Billerica
Nicole Ouellette
Stephanie Penney 
Carol Perry
Mary & Bill Riley
Sheila & William Sartell 
Patricia Sawyer

Roy & Donna Schafer
Joseph P. Shaw
Shea, Dangora and Nelson, P.C.
Steve’s Pinehurst Tavern
Harold & Joan Towle
Elaine Tuccelli
Twin Metals, Inc.
Kathleen Wallace

Bronze Donors ($50 – $99)
Vladislav Ashminov
Carol Ann Bejtlich
Sally Bearse
Billerica Clerical Union, IUPE Local 140
Billerica Emblem Club #410
Candlelight & Roses Flowers & Gifts
Carolyn A. Capodilupo
Lee Cappucci
Carol Cavalier
Richard Colantuoni
Tom & Lynne Conway
Lorraine Donovan

Barbara Doherty
Teresa English
Sharon Ferris
Joe Fiumara
James & Rebecca Gately
Barb Hamilton
Jackie & Christopher Harvey
Wendy Hudson
Cynthia Keesler
Mary & Art Kellerman
Kennedy Elementary School PTO
Cheryl Knickle 
Judy Krochune
Leeann LaCarbonara
Susan Lee
Sara Leonard
Linda Little
Becky Lodi
Kathleen Malone
Michael Masino
Wendy Zangri McDermott
Kim Mcleod
Jean Meltzer
Michael Moore
The Music Room
Marie Murphy
Michael Parker
Danny & Lisa Poirier
Dana Reardon
Karen Rodeo
Helen Romano
Elaine Seidel
Gail Sprangers
Paula Sirignano
Sarah M Steele
Carolyn Stepnitz
In Memory of Linda Hubley
Nancy Sullivan
Ellen Teigeler
Neelam Wali

Friends of the Holiday Festival
Melissa Andrews
Michele Aquaro
Leslie Ayers
Susan Balestrieri Beaudry
Holly Beaverstock
Ellen Bennett

Kristina Berardi
Jean Bermingham
Andrea Bonnar

Diane Boudrot
Tom & Mary Casey
Jacqueline Chaffins
Marjorie Collins
Patricia Coye
Lee David
Janet Devlin
Lisa Devlin
The DiFraia Family
Katherine Emerson
Debra Jenkins
Andrew Jennings
Daniel Gallagher 
Mary Grace
Gail Granfield 
Lynne Grubb
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hayes 
Cathy Hertler
Maureen Kelley
Michael Kent
   Melissa & Davis King
Nanci Konsavage
Johanna LeBlanc
Kim Ledoux
Dennis Little
  Nancy McIntosh
Kristen Lynch-Miranda
Laura Manning
Patricia Melanson
Joseph Meuse
AnnMarie Miele
Jean Morrison
Maureen Myers
Lisa O’Connor
Dorothy Oliveira
Joan Pomerleau
Doris & Al Pearson
Tom & JoAnn Peranelli
Arline & John Petrino
Sarah Phung
Stephanie Penney
Christine Poole
Cheryl Porzio
Robert Reardon
Lisa Richardson
Sandra Ruotolo
Pam Ryan
Irena Sienko
Kristen Simonini
Matthew Smith
Luciano Spiridigliozzi
Margaret StJohn
Lenny & Kathy Strang
Geraldine & Michael Sweeney
Catherine Thacker 
  Judith Tolan
Janet Towers
Suzanne Trayhan
Sarah Twomey
Teresa Vieira
Rachel Weeks
Bethany Wesling
Wendy Witt

2021 Events & Campaign Announcement

August 30, 2021

The Billerica Holiday Festival is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide free, family events and to provide for the lighting and decorating of the center of town during the winter holiday season. We take no money from the Town budget to achieve these efforts. All of our money comes from various fundraising, sponsorship, and donation support from over 200 individuals, local businesses, and organizations, not to mention the thousands of people who purchase Raffle Tickets at the Billerica Public Library for a chance to win one of the fantastic Display & Raffle items adorning the Library.

2021 has been an up-and-down year. While we had hoped things would have been different by now, the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger and provide uncertainty over many aspects of life. This has significantly impacted decision making as to the feasibility of us holding events in 2021.

Given how things have progressed recently, and where they appear to be going, we would not be able to safely host our events that take place inside the Billerica Public Library. The Library is the sole venue for our Holiday Reception and our Home for the Holidays Display & Raffle. Though we gave our best efforts to find suitable alternatives to each of these events, we have made the decision to cancel both of these events.

We do have some good news, however. As of right now we are still planning to hold our Annual Tree Lighting (December 4, 2021) and Free Pictures with Santa (December 11, 2021) events. The Winter Festival (Games & Activities) portion of our Tree Lighting event will not occur, but we will be holding the Tree Lighting itself with our Music Program, Arrival of Santa, and the Lighting of the Common.

The Display & Raffle is our main fundraising event. With its cancellation we are reviving our Light the Common Campaign that we held in 2020. Beginning today, the Billerica Holiday Festival Board of Directors is announcing our 2021 Light the Common Campaign with the hopes of raising enough money, solely via monetary donations, to allow us to fund the stringing and lighting of the lights on and around the Common.

We received a lot of fantastic feedback on our efforts last year. A recurring comment was that not all of the Common was lit in 2020. It is true that only a portion of the Common was able to be lit based on the funds raised. It was also expressed by many that they wish they had known about our efforts and would have contributed. We have heard this feedback and this year we are setting a goal of raising $25,000 by November 2, 2021 to fully light the Common. Once our deadline passes, should we have not made our goal, we will take assessment of our financial situation and in consultation with our dedicated partners at IBEW Local 103 and Gaston Electric, to light and decorate as much of the center as we can. We ask, if you are able, to go to to donate any amount you can.

We would be remiss if we didn’t extend our sincere and utmost thanks and appreciation to our partners: Lou Antonellis and all of the leadership of IBEW Local 103; and John Buckley and all of the leadership of Gaston Electric for their continued partnership and extreme generosity in these times to help us give you the best lighting display possible.

We are immensely disappointed that we are not able to return to our full slate of events. We are hoping you are able to enjoy the abridged version this year and can help us achieve that through a donation. We are hopeful to return bigger, better, and stronger for our 2022 season. Until then, if you are able to, we ask that you help us make 2021 the best it can be!

The 21 Directors of the Billerica Holiday Festival

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