Drumheller's new and improved Festival of Lights took over a three block area of downtown on Saturday night, November 18 and if first impressions hold true, it was a huge hit.
Hundreds of people toured the streets to sample goodies like smores and hot chocolate, to check out the free entertainment and to see the big Christmas tree at the intersection of 3 Ave. and Centre St. all lit up.
"We're supposed to have more lights on the tree, is the main thing that I heard, and the fireworks earlier," admitted Marley Henneigh of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, which helped to organize the Festival, along with the town's FCSS office. "We thought that ourselves, about the foreworks anyway; we're going to have those earlier next year, we've already decided."
The tree was moved to the central location after being set up in Rotary Park for the last 20 years.
"I hadn't realised that it had been that long," confessed Henneigh. "As someone newer to the area, I had never seen the tree there so it's exciting; it's feeling very festive downtown, that's for sure."
"We've had lots of great feedback from downtown businesses (and) people that were there, we saw people of all ages having fun. We got lots of great feedback on our entertainment that we had as well, so that's exciting," she concluded.
The next big event for the Town of Drumheller is the Trail of Trees, which takes over the Badlands Community Facility for three weeks, starting December 1.
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