The City of Avon’s annual Tree Lighting Festival was presented by the French Creek Foundation on the afternoon of Dec. 1.
It was an unforgettable day for brothers Chase Andersen-Holland, 10, and Rilley Holland, 8, winners of the 2018 Golden Ticket to ride with Santa on his horse-drawn sleigh from the gazebo on Detroit Rd. and Rt. 611 to Olde Avon Village. Once there, they shared in the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate the 2018 city Christmas display!
The boys learned of the their winning letter to Santa when Mayor Bryan Jensen, Foundation President Clint Gault, Police Chief Richard Bosley and team visited Heritage and Avon East Schools Friday, Nov. 30, to announce the winners and distribute prizes.
Everywhere they went, Santa was the star as Mayor Jensen and team invited the Man in Red to join in the fun.
Chase and Rilley were so thrilled to win the top prize that they even brought carrots to feed Buddy the Horse, who paved the way for the carriage ride down Detroit Road.
Community members, scouts and other groups joined the cavalcade of fun as they followed along in song, sharing Christmas Carols along the way to Olde Avon Village.
Once there, Mayor Jensen, Clint Gault and Santa led the audience in a countdown as Chase and Rilley threw the switch to officially start the Avon Christmas season.
The fun continued into the evening as kids got to visit with Santa, view the community Ginger Bread House contestants and visit with characters from Frozen.