The crowd starts to gather at Chester Park in anticipation of the inaugural lighting of the new Chester community tree. The Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce was host to members and community service organizations to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a new reusable 30-foot tree. Photo by Gregg Scott

Chester turns out for the lighting of the community tree

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

 

Friday, Nov. 25 marked the inaugural lighting of a new Chester Community Tree.  The new tree is a 30-feet tall reusable assembly that is guaranteed not to grow around the hundreds of lights that adorn it.  It is located near the entrance of the Chester Park and will light the new ice-skating rink that will soon be located on the basketball court area. Sponsored by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce, the tree lighting featured chamber members and local service organizations with hot and cold beverages, goodies and community information for the crowd.  Christmas carols, a dancing tree and special music were also included for the enjoyment of the crowd.  One gentleman commented, “It sure is nice to renew some of the traditions we’ve missed the last few years.”  A round of applause went up when the opening of the ice rink was announced.

As the time for the lighting approaches, the community sings Christmas carols and lights candles in celebration. Even a little Christmas tree (far left) gets into the celebration with a dancing tree debut. Photo by Gregg Scott
The time arrives and “Ta Da” the lights go on.  Applause, lots of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holiday” accompanied by warm smiles go around the assembly.  Now it is time to stroll up to Main Street for the Merchants Night festivities.  Merry Christmas! Photo by Gregg Scott