The largest crowd ever turned out for Walkersville’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Creamery Park last night.
Children played in the park and some gathered around fires to keep warm while local church and community group choirs filled the air with Christmas songs. A shofar, an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram’s horn used for Jewish religious purposes, was blown during the ceremony in celebration of Hanukkah.
The Town of Walkersville provided cookies and hot cocoa for everyone in attendance.
Due to the constant wet weather, trucks could not get into the park to string lights on the large tree usually lit for the Holidays. So, the Town of Walkersville purchased, set, and lit a smaller tree from one of our local tree farms.
At the conclusion of the musical performances and as the crowd sang Jingle Bells, Santa Claus arrived on Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company’s Quint 11. He was escorted by equipment from both the Fire Company and Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company with all their lights and sirens announcing his arrival.
Santa Claus joined the crowd for the festivities. He greeted children and passed out candy canes.