It could have been a winter scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. Toddlers in toques holding mugs of steaming hot chocolate, little girls putting on skates and carving figure eight’s into the freshly made ice rink, grannies bundled up in scarves for a sleigh ride, infants riding along in toboggans pulled by their parents. And happy young couples, holding hands and taking in the lights display.
The 11th Annual Christmas Light Up was an evening to remember. Hundreds turned out at 6 p.m. Wednesday night to begin the count down to the light up of the Civic Plaza. The DP Todd Saxophone Quintet was a wonderful touch to the evening. The St. Mary’s and Blackburn Carolers delighted the audience. Many visitors joined in with well known Christmas favorites. Laughter and chatter filled the crisp night air.
Sonya Webster and her brother Richard took to the Plaza rink like old pros, easily making their way across the ice. Maria Harraway found her way through a candy cane. Even baby Emma McCarville (this was her first Christmas Light Up) beamed happily from her stroller at all the lights and activities. Her father remembers two years ago braving the cold to come out for the event.
The sleigh was decked out in multicoloured lights and filled to capacity each trip. It was a big hit, with people patiently waiting in line-ups for a turn. Children were charmed by the larger-than life sized characters, some of them business mascots, walking through the crowds with treats and surprises. Older children took to a small hill in the plaza, sliding down and making angels in the snow.
For those who missed it, marked it on the calendar for next year. For those who took it in, the wonderful memories will have been worth the frustration of looking for a parking space.
Light up a night to remember