|Santa Claus joins the parade.|
|The City of Lacombe parade float.|
The holiday kick-off event, which was incorporated the annual Moonlight Madness events and the LMC tree light up, was a great success.
|The happy parade participants.|
|Santa (Chief Leslie) hams it up for the camera.|
|The CUC Choir serenades the crowds.|
|Mayor Christie caroling with the crowds.|
|Countdown to the LMC tree light-up.|
|Mayor Christie lights up the night!|
The community light-up decorating contest winners were announced – Twice As Nice in the commercial category, with Sims & Associates Insurance as a close runner-up; and Jeff Armishaw on the residential side, with Brenda Manz taking second place.
The glittering lights, the heavy snowflakes spiraling lazily down to the ground, the sounds of caroling and the laughter of children, and the camaraderie and goodwill among those gathered made for a truly magical community moment.
|Children frolicking in the snow.|
|The Christmas Farmer's Market in the LMC Centennial Hall.|
|The Christmas Farmer's Market in full swing.|
|Councillor Bouwsema in a festive mood.|
The outdoor Christmas Movie Night brought out some brave souls, who also warmed themselves by checking out the amazing fire performers, and even more Lacombians braved the chilly weather to make crafts at the Michener House Museum. Others warmed themselves by the fiery forge in the Blacksmith Shop Museum as they watched red-hot metal being shaped into interesting things.
|Checking out the Christmas baking at the Michener House Museum|
|Crafty ladies at the Michener House Musem|
|Checking out the blacksmith demonstration.|
|Going at it hammer and tongs.|
After the event, the City was flooded with compliments from residents who enjoyed the multi-faceted event, with comments ranging from “it was magical” to “it was just plain fun”.
And many people are already looking forward to it next year. So mark your calendars folks, and stay tuned for more information!
For more photos of the winter festival, go to the City of Lacombe's Facebook Page.