The snow has finally come and it is time again for the Annual Christmas Tree Light-up presented by the Clearwater Rotary Club. Dec. 7th is the day and all the excitement will take place at the Wells Gray Information Centre at the north end of the roundabout on Highway 5.
Festivities will begin at 4:30 in the afternoon with the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and the Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest. Everyone is invited to decorate one of the trees that will be set up on the lawn. Just bring a group of friends, family or work buddies and your own tree decorations and let your imagination take over. The kids can express their own individual artistic talent by decorating a gingerbread cookie. There will be a cost of $2 per cookie but all the supplies are provided. The contests will run till 7:30 p.m. with judging and presentation of the winners before 8 p.m.
Santa is expected to arrive at 6 p.m., but as we all know he is a very busy guy so there will be carol singers, the Community Choir, local singers and the reading of the Christmas Story to keep us entertained till he comes. Also there will be hot cocoa, tea and coffee to keep us warm. The lighting of the tree will happen shortly after Santa’s arrival and then there will be lots of time to talk to Santa and have your picture taken with the big guy. Don’t forget your camera. There will be a special mailbox for the children to post their Christmas letter to Santa and the elves will ensure the letters reach the North Pole before Christmas Eve.
Inside the Info Centre you will find a variety of craft items to fill your wish list and everyone’s stocking. The Tree Light-up celebration will mark the beginning of the Winter Market with a special opening.
The Christmas Tree Light-up is generously sponsored by Wells Gray Community Forest, District of Clearwater, TNRD, Century 21 Realty, Royal Bank, Wells Gray Info Center, Blackwell Enterprises, Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department, North Thompson Times, and GoGo Communications.