Children of all ages took the opportunity to sit with Santa Claus, who made a special stop in Eckville for the tree lighting on Nov. 30. Photos by Megan Roth/Eckville Echo

Holiday season begins in Eckville

The annual tree lighting took place Nov. 30

With a flick of the switch, the holiday season has begun in Eckville. On Nov. 30 people of all ages gathered at the end of Main Street to watch was the lights were turned on to light up a large tree near the memorial structure.

The evening began with free hot chocolate and hot dogs at the Legion, which were donated by the Lion’s club. The food and drink were provided to the public beginning at 5 p.m.

A special guest appearance by Santa himself had children eager to see the big guy and explain that they really have been good this year.

The festivities ended with Deputy Mayor Colleen Ebden flipping the switch to light the tree and officially begin the holiday season.

Roughly 20 people came out to view the lighting.

Ebden said she would like to see the event start a little earlier next year, to maybe keep the crowd interested.

“We had a large number of people at the Legion for supper but they all went away before the lighting,” Ebden said.

Ebden said she would like to see the tree lighting earlier in the evening with hot chocolate and hot dogs offered afterwards.

In years past the tree lighting was accompanied by bonfires and Christmas carols.

Those who attended the tree lighting brought offerings for the Food Bank as well as the Santa Anonymous campaign offered through Family and Community Support Services.

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Many children spent time climbing on the memorial structure after the tree lighting to gain a better look at the brightly lit tree.

Some children got up close and personal with old Saint Nick as the evening wore on and less children were around to get their picture taken with him.

The Legion in Eckville was full as community members came out for some hot chocolate and hot dogs, provided by the Lion’s Club, before the tree lighting on Nov. 30.

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