Chamber hosts first annual Light Up the Gazebo event for community Christmas fun

At the end of the night, a crowd of more than seventy people huddled together and sang “Silent Night” before Santa flipped the switch to officially Light up the Gazebo! Photo provided

When Clarion Chamber of Commerce Director Ali Disney and her board were contemplating Christmas activities around town earlier this year, they came to a realization. Clarion really did not have a fun community Christmas tradition to bring everyone together. After a bit of brainstorming, they came up with a unique idea: they would center an event around one of Clarion’s landmarks - Gazebo Park. And just like that, a new Christmas tradition was born.

            The event was held last Wednesday, with several activities fit for all ages. The night kicked off with kids and adults alike bundling up and boarding hayracks for a trip around town to sing carols and spread Christmas joy. It was chilly, but dozens of folks braved the wind, sitting on square bales and huddled under blankets, and raised their voices as Darren Johnson drove the singers around town. The riders seemed to really enjoy the caroling despite the cold. Emily Bernhardt who brought her kids from the Clarion Youth Group, said the caroling was a lot of fun and “it felt just like a Hallmark movie!”

 

For the full story and more photos, see the Dec. 6th edition of the Monitor.