Avon’s Tree Lighting Festival Celebrates the Season

Santa and his Elves take gift requests at Avon Isle.

Santa and his Elves take gift requests at Avon Isle.

Avon kicked off the Holiday Season in good, old traditional style the weekend of Dec. 2-4 with its annual Tree Lighting Festival.

Activities started in the Olde Avon area and moved to the Gazebo and Avon Isle Saturday evening as hundreds of residents came out to celebrate.

Highlight was Santa’s Sleigh Ride to the Gazebo where he pulled the switch to magically light the Avon Christmas Tree and kick off the season.

Santa leads the way to the Gazebo with helper Jude Zimmer.

Santa leads the way to the Gazebo with helper Jude Zimmer.

Santa was assisted by 5-year old Jude Zimmer, a student at Goddard School who won the chance to ride along with Santa to the Heritage Gazebo. Avon School choirs made the night complete with wonderful Christmas music, and then all stopped in at Avon Isle for a chance to visit with Santa and his reindeer while enjoying crafts, the gingerbread house competition and hot chocolate.

“We may be a growing community, but we’re still family,” said Mayor Bryan Jensen as he welcomed the crowd to the old-fashioned Christmas season kick-off.

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