La Center Christmas Festival attracts hundreds of eager guests

Tree lighting and laser show launch Christmas season in La Center

LA CENTER — Hundreds of La Center residents gathered in downtown La Center Sunday evening to start off the holiday season with the city’s annual Christmas Festival.

The evening revolved around the traditional lighting of the La Center Christmas tree, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Prior to the tree lighting, visitors mingled in downtown La Center and were entertained by local bands and choirs. Bands from La Center Middle School and La Center High school played Christmas music, and the schools’ choirs also entertained visitors.

The La Center High School Select Choir sang Christmas carols to entertain visitors at La Center’s annual Christmas Festival on Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Schultz
The La Center High School Select Choir sang Christmas carols to entertain visitors at La Center’s annual Christmas Festival on Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Schultz

Additionally, a brass ensemble composed of both middle and high schoolers and directed by La Center High School music teacher James Cameron and La Center Middle School music teacher Perry Calabrese helped the crowds get into the holiday spirit.

The arrival of Santa Claus in La Center meant that the countdown to the tree lighting could begin. Once the tree was lit, crowds were awed by a five minute laser show.

 

A Brass Ensemble made up of students from La Center Middle and High Schools played Christmas songs at the annual Christmas Festival in La Center. The ensemble was directed by La Center High School music teacher James Cameron and La Center Middle School music teacher Perry Calabrese. Photo by Mike Schultz
A Brass Ensemble made up of students from La Center Middle and High Schools played Christmas songs at the annual Christmas Festival in La Center. The ensemble was directed by La Center High School music teacher James Cameron and La Center Middle School music teacher Perry Calabrese. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

In previous years, the tree lighting was accompanied by a fireworks display, but this year the fireworks were replaced by a laser show presented by local La Center company Laseronics.

Once the tree lighting and laser show had concluded, children could have a much anticipated meeting with Santa Claus.

Throughout the evening, attendees received cookies and hot cocoa to help ward off the evening chill.

A laser show presented by Laseronics of La Center accompanied the city’s Christmas Festival and tree lighting on Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Schultz
A laser show presented by Laseronics of La Center accompanied the city’s Christmas Festival and tree lighting on Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Schultz
After the Christmas tree was lit in La Center, crowds were awed by a laser show presented by La Center company Laseronics. The laser show was a first for the annual Christmas Festival, replacing a fireworks display held in past years. Photo by Mike Schultz
After the Christmas tree was lit in La Center, crowds were awed by a laser show presented by La Center company Laseronics. The laser show was a first for the annual Christmas Festival, replacing a fireworks display held in past years. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Alex Peru is a 2017 graduate of Washington State University Vancouver. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration. Peru grew up in Battle Ground, and graduated from CAM Academy in 2013. He worked for The VanCougar, WSU Vancouver’s campus newspaper, for three years, including one year as the editor-in-chief. When not working, Peru enjoys reading books about history, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors in Clark County’s beautiful rivers, lakes and forests.

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