Bright lights and brighter smiles in Hartland for annual tree-lighting ceremony

by | Dec 3, 2023

Kick-off to Christmas begins with mild weather, hot chocolate, and carols

By Michelle Derrah, special to the River Valley Sun

People of all ages came out to enjoy Hartland’s kick-off to Christmas with their annual tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1. A large crowd gathered at Charles Allen Park, located next to the Dr. Walter Chestnut Library.

Although the weather was mild for December, people could enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate to keep the chill away.

A group of students from Hartland Community School started the evening with several carols, and some on-lookers could be heard singing along with their favourites.

When the moment came for the big finale, everyone counted down in anticipation of Mayor Tracey DeMerchant lighting the tree.

Several more holiday events are planned in Hartland on December 9, including the Gingerbread Building Competition sponsored by Hartland Freshmart, Kids Craft Day, Pictures with Santa at Hartland Valufoods, and Skate with Santa on December 10.

Please get in touch with the Town’s Recreation Office for more details on how to participate in these events.

Young and old gathered in the Charles Allen Park in Hartland for the community’s annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 1. (Michelle Derrah photo)

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