One of the holiday traditions in the Model Town is closer to making it’s return. The Christmas Lights at Riverside Park are expected to be turned on in the next week according to Town Administrator Guylain Baril. He said there won’t be a formal ceremony this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but instead something very simple.
“The mayor is going to be doing something on Facebook,” he said. “So we will have a live feed on Facebook when the lights go on to sort of greet everyone and wish a Merry Christmas. But we are not releasing when that’s going to happen to avoid people getting together in the park at the same time.”
Baril says the lights will once again look great this year thanks to the hard work of several employees.
“The hard work of Mike Charlebois and Claude Riopel, are two elfs that work really hard to put those lights up,” he said. “They have all sorts of help from other municipal staff and community members as well.”
Ontario Hydro helped out with the use of its bucket trucks and some employees volunteering hours to help with the installation. Baril added that the new skating rink at the park won’t be quite ready for the start of the Christmas Lights. Mother nature continues to keep the weather conditions mild and not quite cold enough for making ice.