The Town of Sexsmith was brightened up with the official lighting of its Christmas lights last Thursday.
“We had a really great turnout,” said Kate Potter, Sexsmith mayor.
“Overall, I've only heard the most positive things people were really excited to get out and the snow didn't even deter anyone.”
The town celebrated by lighting up the historic downtown strip with a colourful array of almost 40,000 decorative lights, according to the Sexsmith and District 4-H Club which installed the display.
Without missing a beat, the RWZ Early Bird Choir broke into song Thursday night, delivering all the classic holiday carols.
Keeping warm wasn’t a hard task as hot chocolate was handed out to onlookers, along with gloves for those who thought they were tougher than the winter cold.
The town’s public works crew had a roaring fire able to keep all the patrons toasty.
Among it all, Lonnie Sarrasin took her two-month-old son Mason Stockley for his first visit to St. Nick as part of the Selfies with Santa stand.
Children were greeted by the Sexsmith Fire Department who had Sparky the Fire Dog as a special guest.
Shopping was a highlight for some as the shops in Sexsmith were full of those looking for the perfect gift or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the local eateries.
Shannon Municipal Library also had a variety of miniature paintings on displayed by artists of all ages.
A highlight for many were the horsedrawn sleigh rides along Elevator Road.
A Christmas farmers market on Saturday saw about 1,750 people come through, said Melody Sample, Sexsmith farmers market manager.
The market had about 65 vendors, she said, and the Christmas theme meant lots of gift ideas were available. It also offered activities like writing Christmas cards to military personnel overseas.
The Town of Sexsmith provided $6,200 in funding to the event, along with local businesses donations.
“Every single aspect of it was volunteer-led, so the lights, the food trailer, the wagon rides, all of it … the markets themselves,” said Potter.
She noted volunteers cleared walkways on Saturday and put up warming stations.
“I cannot say enough about the community feel of the event.”
“Kudos to our townspeople because they are the ones who made that event so awesome,” said the mayor.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News