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The holidays begin with tree lighting at Winter Fest

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The annual Winter Fest celebration kicked off the holiday season in spectacular fashion once again. More than 3,000 people braved the stormy weather and attended the festivities held in Market Square. The day was filled with joy and laughter as family, friends and neighbors enjoyed the various holiday activities the event had to offer. 

Santa Claus, escorted by West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and Dance Theater Northwest were featured in the Atrium of the Civic Building for photos with children, who were able to share with him their Christmas wishes. On the second floor of the Atrium, Santa’s Loft accommodated treats for all to enjoy, from hot cocoa and cookies (courtesy of Whole Foods), freshly popped popcorn, arts and crafts and more.

The excitement continued in Market Square where visitors perused the eclectic handmade goods for purchase, took advantage of the games, prizes and face paintings, and cozied up by the fire, enjoying the sounds of the season coming from the many local performances. Elementary and high school choirs spread holiday cheer throughout the day on the main stage, sponsored by Colombia Bank, followed by a featured performance by The Dickens Carolers.

U.P. City Council Members Caroline Belleci and Steve Worthington accompanied Mayor Pro Tem Javier Figueroa and Mayor Denise McCluskey who, along with Colonel Bill Ryan and the 16th CAB, reined in the crowd for the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree, led by Mayor McCluskey’s grandson.

A big thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who helped make this event successful: O'Brien Dentistry, The Mandon Foley Agency, Directors Mortgage, Bridgespan Health, Kinder Swimmer, Umpqua Oats, Springfree Trampoline, Smith Brother Farms, Northeastern University-Seattle.

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