Seeley’s Bay got a bit brighter on Saturday evening.
An excited group of around 50 or so gathered to witness the annual tree lighting to help kick off holiday festivities.
“It was almost a full moon,” said Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey, who represented council and staff, as Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke is currently away out of the country on holiday.
“It was a clear sky, a beautiful night, not really cold, with a bonfire going.”
This annual event, hosted by the Seeley’s Bay Area Residents’ Association, used to take part at the harbour.
“But they moved it to a large tree right opposite of the road from the Legion Hall on Bay Street,” said Fodey.
“They had the tree all decorated. After a moment of a few introductions, they lit up the tree. This is an annual tradition in the area that’s always well-attended. Coun. Mark Jamison, of course, a councillor right in the bay, was present as well.”
Fodey was thankful for the participation and support from the community shown on Saturday.
“An event like this gets everyone in the mood (for the holidays),” said Fodey. “They had Christmas music going the whole time. There were lots of kids, and that was the whole point.”
The community of Rockport is gearing up for its Light Up the Gates night on Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. People attending will be able to enjoy some hot chocolate or cider while watching the gates light up. Lansdowne will also be holding its annual tree lighting evening on Dec. 1. This will occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.