Hundreds visited city hall for the annual Lights Up celebration on Friday (Nov.23).
The newly formed Fort Saskatchewan Glee Club, led by Erin Gott, sang Christmas carols in the lobby while people helped themselves to some cookies and beverages.
Santa spent the evening in the library taking pictures with the children and handing out goodie bags. There were also crafts, outdoor games and a model train set up to admire.
"Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I just find that the atmosphere is very engaging and very uplifting. It's just a great way to bring your city together," said Tessa Labbe, who was spending the evening at city hall with her daughter Payton.
Community events and tourism specialist Arthur Lewandowski said that around 1,000 people showed up to celebrate, despite the colder weather.
At about 6:30 p.m., the crowd gathered in front of city hall to sing a couple of carols and listen to mayor Katchur read Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Lights Up finished off with a countdown and cheering as city hall lit up for the first time this holiday season.
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