Tree lighting kicks off holiday season in Groves
GROVES — The holiday season has officially arrived with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Groves’ Celebration Park on Friday.
Seasonal tunes courtesy of Chaston Miller and BC Brass helped get the crowd into the holiday spirit before Groves Elementary School Treble Tribe Choir performed from the decorated gazebo.
Members of the Groves Beautification Committee decked out the park with lights and decorations adding to the festive atmosphere of the evening.
Don Sodman, committee member, said this is the eighth year for the tree lighting ceremony and the fourth year for the Old Fashioned Christmas in Groves which followed the tree lighting on Lincoln Avenue.
“When we light the Groves tree we’re kicking off the Christmas season,” Sodman said.
Groves Mayor Pro Tem Karen Theis flipped the switch, lighting the giant tree amid oohs and ahhs from the families in attendance.
Paola Elizalde brought along her daughter Marlene Guandique, 4, and relatives Sandra Rioz and Giselle Esquivel, 6.
“This is our first time to come to this,” Elizalde said. “It’s really, really pretty.”
Bruce Tipton of Groves made the event a family affair.
“This is a good way to kick off the holiday season and get into the spirit of Christmas,” Tipton said.
Families strolled Lincoln Avenue while children made holiday decorations, visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus and grabbed some hot cocoa and snacks. Shops along the avenue opened their doors to holiday shoppers as well.