Jack Frost did his best to put Drumheller in the deep freeze on Saturday, but he couldn't keep hundreds of people from flocking downtown for the third annual Festival of Lights.

For the second straight year, it revolved around the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Centre Street, where Town crews have erected a two-story tall Christmas tree. However, there were bin fires up and down both thoroughfares as downtown merchants and community groups invited people to gather.

"This is a great turnout," gushed Jordan Potter, who was representing the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. "I'm so surprised at how many people are here tonight."

The event was geared towards families, with activities including a street hockey game, and it also attracted some former valley residents who couldn't resist coming back to ring in winter with family and friends.

"I came in from Calgary, I miss Drumheller," stated Amber Lee. "Everything has been really good; the tree was a little apprehensive and didn't want to start at first, but now it's good."

"I'm trying to get warm at each fire with my mini-doughnuts and coffee," she continued. "It's amazing: kids, babies, puppies, the Grinch -- I saw the Grinch too."

The evening ended with a fireworks show put on by the Town a little after 8:00 p.m.

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