The weather was windy but not terribly frightful, and the night was certainly delightful as scores of children and their families participated in the annual U.P. Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2,
a change in day of the week from years past.
The event, which featured free Top Pot Doughnuts and
cookies and hot cider from Whole Foods Market, drew praise from the crowd of people who enjoyed being able to celebrate the holidays “under the lights” of University Place’s Market Square. With music and dancing provided by local student choirs and dancers from Dance Theatre Northwest, as well as a host of craft projects, face painting and pictures with Santa, the evening flew by.
“We were very pleased with the large number of people who attended. The energy of the night was wonderful,” said Marian Holloway, executive assistant to City Manager Steve Sugg. “We were especially happy to hear parents say they enjoyed the new format, which took place from 5 to 8 p.m. Many of them told us it was the perfect way to start a holiday weekend with their kids, while others indicated they appreciated the fact that our tree lighting didn’t com- pete with other big events in the area, such as Victorian Country Christmas and the Festival of Trees.”
Thanks to all those who came out to participate in the festivities, as well as to Top Pot Doughnuts, Whole Foods Market and Artco Crafts and Frame Shop, for contributing to the event. “We already have ideas on how to make next year’s celebration even better,” Holloway said.