Hundreds enjoy entertainment, refreshments at Ridgefield Tree Lighting Festival

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.

Eight-month-old Nash Naumann, of Ridgefield, wore an appropriately holiday themed hat when he attended Ridgefield's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Saturday evening with his mom, Sydney Naumann (left) and Elizabeth La Valle (right).  Photo by Joanna Yorke
Eight-month-old Nash Naumann, of Ridgefield, wore an appropriately holiday themed hat when he attended Ridgefield’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Saturday evening with his mom, Sydney Naumann (left) and Elizabeth La Valle (right). Photo by Joanna Yorke

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.

Community members who attended the annual Ridgefield Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Saturday evening watched as the city's Christmas tree was lit in Overlook Park. Photo by Joanna Yorke
Community members who attended the annual Ridgefield Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Saturday evening watched as the city’s Christmas tree was lit in Overlook Park. Photo by Joanna Yorke

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.

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow was able to join some of the DanceFusion NW dancers on stage during a performance they did to the song "Santa Baby." Photo by Joanna Yorke
Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow was able to join some of the DanceFusion NW dancers on stage during a performance they did to the song “Santa Baby.” Photo by Joanna Yorke
Hundreds of community members gathered in Overlook Park in Ridgefield Saturday evening to watch as the city's Christmas tree was lit during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Photo by Joanna Yorke
Hundreds of community members gathered in Overlook Park in Ridgefield Saturday evening to watch as the city’s Christmas tree was lit during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Photo by Joanna Yorke
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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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