City's Christmas tree comes to light at park

December 04, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Dozens of people lined the edges of the lake at City Park Friday night, and nearly 100 packed near a grandstand that had been erected to view the lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

The chilly air cast a distinct wintry feel to the event, to which people wore earmuffs, scarves and heavy coats as their breath could be seen forming before their faces.

The first element to be lighted was the Christmas tree, a 30-foot-tall spruce donated by a Williamsport resident, its lights bouncing off the lake waters. The tree was near the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts this year instead of its tradition perch in the middle of the lake due to construction.


Then a snowman, more trees and other seasonal items cast their colored sheen into the cool night air, and the crowd of men, women and children elicited "ooohs" and "aaahs" as each new light was lighted.

Dylan McNabb, 10, of Williamsport, came with two of his friends, who were brought by his parents, Beverly and Randy McNabb.

"I like the firetruck!" McNabb said, speaking about his favorite light display around the lake. The next thing on his mind was to visit Santa Claus, who was waiting on the other side of the lake to hear wish lists from area children.

Dylan McNabb and Nicole Moberly, 13, said the holiday light display meant a few things would be coming soon: Christmas - translated to presents - caroling and snow.

Moberly said snow is on her mind, too.

"I've been in Texas, so I haven't really had the snow," Moberly said.

Beverly McNabb said they were going to take a look into hayrides Friday night, but a December night outside wouldn't be complete without hot chocolate.

"It's on the list," Beverly McNabb said.

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