DIGBY, N.S. - Christmas season officially kicked off in Digby on Nov. 24 with a tree lighting ceremony.
Digby mayor Ben Cleveland said he enjoys the Christmas event for various reasons.
“I enjoy the music that’s there,” he said prior to the annual activity. “The Fundy Chorale is there singing. And of course, I always had young daughters that loved going and seeing Santa and drinking hot chocolate later on and the ceremony. But what I like about it is it’s so festive and it brings everybody together and everybody in a good mood and it kind of kicks off the holiday season.”
Christmas in Digby featured carolling, the tree lighting at the town Cenotaph along the waterfront and of course, Santa Claus. Following the tree lighting, fireworks lit up the harbour sky, much to the delight of at least a couple hundred people in attendance.
Hot chocolate and cookies were also served at the Digby Heritage Centre, just a few minutes from the town Christmas tree.
Cleveland said the town used to have a Christmas parade but switched to a tree lighting ceremony about 10 years ago. Cleveland said 200 people usually attend the tree lighting ceremony.
The tree lighting is organized with assistance of the Town of Digby and its council.
Meanwhile, residents are reminded to participate in the House Decorating Contest, which will be held Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at 193 Second Ave.