Clearwater Rotary plans renewed Christmas Tree Light-Up

Many events planned as part of Christmas Tree Light-Up on Dec. 2

Margot Venema

On Sunday, Dec. 2, Clearwater Rotary will welcome Santa to town and light up the Clearwater Christmas Tree. Between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. there will be lots to see and do at the Clearwater Infocenter.

Everyone is invited to participate in one of the many fun activities organized by Rotary, the Wells Gray Infocenter Giftshop, and the Wells Gray Gallery with the help of many generous sponsors. Carol singers will be performing and Christmas stories will be read. A Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and a Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest are being organized for adults and kids. For adults there will also be a Nail Driving Contest and a Crosscut Sawing Contest. Make sure to bring your own camera because there will be a free photo-op with Santa. If desired your photo can be printed for a nominal fee. Free cocoa, tea, and coffee will be available. Children can drop off their letters for Santa at Santa’s mailbox. This will be a great opportunity to shop locally. Watch for more updates on this wonderful winter event!

Sponsors for this event are: Rotary, Wells Gray Infocenter Giftshop, Wells Gray Gallery, Blackwell Enterprises, Wells Gray Community Forest, Rotary, TNRD, District of Clearwater, Wadlegger Logging, and Lenny Hurst.

Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

We invite people to put together a team and bring their own decorations to decorate a Christmas tree during the Christmas Tree Light-Up Event. The trees will be displayed at the Infocenter for the first three weeks of December. Visitors to the Winter Market can vote for their favorite tree. The tree with the most votes on Saturday, Dec. 22 (last opening day of the Winter Market) will win a $50 gift certificate at the Gateway Grill.

We need teams to sign up in advance so we can make sure that there will be enough Christmas trees available for decorating. To sign up your team, please send an email to Margot Venema at or stop by at Clearwater Computers.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest

A gingerbread cookie along with decorating supplies will be provided for a donation of $4 per cookie entry at the event. Cookies will be judged by Santa’s elves. There will be an adults’ (18 and over) and a kids’ category (<18 years).

Winners will receive a $ 25 gift certificate for Fields.

All proceeds go to the YCS Community Challengers Soup Kitchen.


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