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Washago Village Lights event 'will brighten up the village'

Tree lighting Nov. 22 will be followed by carolling, letters to Santa, complimentary food and drink

Washago will be lit up this month as the Severn Township village tries to get people in the holiday spirit.

The second annual Washago Village Lights event will take place Nov. 22.

The inaugural event came about after Coun. Sarah Valiquette-Thompson took a look at the large spruce tree at the corner of County Road 169 and Muskoka Street and imagined what it would look like lit up. That idea blossomed into a community event, and it will be bigger and better this year.

The tree will be lit up again, as will another feature — though Valiquette-Thompson could not divulge details yet.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin parking lot, where people will gather to hear the Harmony Sounds choir and sing carols.

They will then head to the Washago Lions Hall to enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and chili. Children will be writing letters to Santa, and the jolly old elf himself will show up to collect them. There will also be live music at the hall, which is being donated by the Washago Lions Club.

“We’re excited to brighten up the village,” said Valiquette-Thompson. “I hope people start feeling that spirit come alive in Washago and they get excited about the Santa Claus Parade and Christmas coming up.”

More businesses and organizations have signed on this year as supporters.

“Without them, we couldn’t have taken it to the next level,” said Valiquette-Thompson. “Our goal is to keep growing it over the years.”

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Nathan Taylor

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