With the flip of a switch, the grounds in front of Cranston City Hall will glow Monday night.
It's the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and yes, the city is referring to it as a Christmas tree.
The event starts at 6 p.m. with music from the BASICS Glee Club and Ensemble.
The tree (trees, actually) will be lit at 6:30 p.m. Moments later, Santa will arrive to help usher in the holiday cheer.
On Facebook, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung said "yes, I did say Christmas!!"
Fung's proclamation is music to the ears of many residents who are frustrated at what they feel is a creeping political correctness that has compelled other government officials to avoid using the word Christmas and refer to lighting ceremonies and decorations as "holiday" events rather than "Christmas" events.
"And this is why we love our Mayor Fung," said Angie Mederios Salvato. "Not afraid to say that word Christmas."