Christmas spirit was in the air at East Coulee last weekend. 

The annual Christmas in the Coulee event seen thousands of Christmas lights strung up the tipple of the Atlas Coal Mine and candles lighting the East Coulee School lights2Photo courtesy of Hidden Gem DesignsMuseum.

"It went really, really well. We were really happy with the turnout, and the set of displays that went on and it looked like all the families we had, had a great time," explained Executive Director Dr Sarah Newstead.

The Atlas also offered hot chocolate, eggnog, cookies, pictures with Santa, and train and carriage rides all included in the admission price of eight dollars for both sites.

"We are planning on having an even bigger and better Christmas in the Coulee in 2019. We are going to be setting the date in the next few weeks. We are going to make it a tradition that it is going to be at the beginning of December, and we are hoping to hang even more lights up in the tipple," continued Newstead.

The East Coulee School Museum also had visitors enjoy live music from a number of artists, smores and cookie decorating. White Christmas lights were hung in the old hallways of the school, giving an entirely new look to the historic schoolhouse.

"Most of the people who we had talked to at the Atlas had been to the school museum or were going there. We were really happy about that because it was a fundraiser for both sites. So we wanted to make sure everyone had a good time over their as well," concluded Newstead.

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