Huge crowd turns out
for tree-lighting at St. Andrews Park in Tiverton
By Liz Dadson
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Lisa Robertson-Taylor (L) and Heather Convay, organizers of the annual tree-lighting ceremony in St. Andrews Park in Tiverton, gather Santa and the children around the main Christmas tree in the park Friday night
After counting down from five, Santa and the children watch as the Christmas tree lights up in St. Andrews Park, Tiverton, Friday night
Liz Ritchie and her Clydesdales, "Scotty" and "Newman," take people on horse-drawn wagon rides through the Village of Tiverton Friday night
It was unseasonably warm and windy Friday night, with not a speck of snow in the air, for the annual tree-lighting ceremony in St. Andrews Park, Tiverton.
Organizers Lisa Robertson-Taylor and Heather Convay welcomed the crowd of more than 100 people for the festivities.
Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows courtesy of the Tiverton Fire Department, carol-singing led by Tiverton Baptist Church, and horse-drawn wagon rides around the village by Liz Ritchie and her Clydesdales "Scotty" and "Newman."
Santa Claus greeted the children and gathered them around the Christmas tree. They counted down, five, four, three, two, one ... and the lights switched on, not just on the large tree on the east side, but all around the park.
Convay said that, thanks to generous donations, there are a lot more lights this year - on the trees along the east side of the park, and at the main entrance. The fountain at the centre of the park, is also lit up.
Tiverton firefighter Jeff Byle (back) lets Ethan Kirk (R), 5, try on his fire helmet, and later Josh Flood, 5, tried on the helmet; many children toured the fire truck as well
Brittany Taverner (L) and her son, Tyson, 21 months, join Tyson's grandparents, Jim and Liz MacPherson, all of Tiverton, by the fountain in St. Andrews Park
Santa Claus greets children and adults at St. Andrews Park, Friday night
Kwade Beisel, 5, of Kincardine looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with his bright red blinking nose
Lily Ann Demitroff, 2, of Tiverton shakes hands with Santa Claus and urges him to meet her sister too
Holly Krebs, 13, visits with Clydesdales "Scotty" and "Newman"
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Saturday, November 26, 2011