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Hot apple cider with a side of Christmas cheer

Community gathers for the 4th annual Tree Lighting ceremony

The Hornets’ Nest Pickers entertained attendees with a variety of well-known Christmas songs and encouraged others to sing along as well. Photo by Allyson Dix

Allyson Dix

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Families, friends, and residents gathered at the Edmonton City Hall parking lot for the fourth annual tree lighting ceremony of the Christmas Tree that sits in front of the building last Sunday evening.

Once the sun went down, Edmonton Mayor Doug Smith flipped the switch illuminating hundreds of large lights wrapped around the giant tree.

Chilly temps didn’t stop many from attending while sipping on hot apple cider and divulging in sweet treats provided by the mayor’s office.

The Hornets’ Nest Pickers provided live music with a variety of seasonal songs, some of which were a cappella style Christmas carols. Attendees sometimes sang along with the band.

Earlier in the day, the Edmonton Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Shop around the Square” event and during the tree lighting ceremony, Mayor Smith drew shoppers’ names for winners of Metcalfe Money. Winners from the drawing were $50 winners Lola Curry, Alicia Beasley, and Mike Welsh; $100 winners Rory Bragg and Rose Saltsman.

Despite the hot cider and winter coats, the warmth of a hometown Christmas event is enough to warm the coldest of hearts and join together members of the community in a time of joy and cheer to celebrate for all to hear. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is no exception!

After the tree lighting, families took turns gathering in front of it for photographs. Photo by Allyson Dix

Edmonton Mayor Doug Smith stands aside the 14-foot tall Christmas tree in front of Edmonton City Hall after lighting the artificial yet magnificent tree. photo by Allyson Dix

Herbie and Jan Sparks enjoying the Christmas music at the tree lighting event last Sunday evening. photo by Allyson Dix

Allen Trotter with the Hornets’ Nest Pickers. Photo by Allyson Dix



Friends Marley Reed, left, and Emely Dix, right, enjoy their hot apple cider while attending the annual tree lighting event in Edmonton. Photo by Allyson Dix








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