RIDGEFIELD – “I want you all feeling that yuletide feeling here today, and Ridgefield is the best. We want all your hearts to be as warm as that hot cocoa over there,” Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow told the hundreds of residents who gathered at Overlook Park this evening for the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.
Following a performance by youth dancers from DanceFusion NW, Onslow had the crowd help him count down from three as he prepared to light the city’s Christmas tree.
Families and children stood mesmerized by the tree as it was lit, many wear Santa hats, elf hats or other festive attire.
The Christmas Tree Lighting was just one of several events going on today as a part of Ridgefield’s annual Hometown Celebration. The day started off this morning with the annual Ugly Sweater Run, which was followed by an Art & Craft & Golden Elephant sale; Holiday Food and Gift Marketplace; children’s activities; cookie decorating; visits with Santa; holiday trailer rides with Santa’s elves and warm blankets; a live nativity scene and more.