East End residents were lit up for the festive season Saturday night.
The Porcupine Horticultural Society and St Paul’s Anglican Church held their second-annual tree-lighting ceremony and carol sing.
The dark night on Saturday was filled with Christmas lights as Mayor George Pirie turned on the Christmas tree lights outside the St Paul’s Anglican Church.
More than 50 people showed up for the lighting ceremony.
Free hot chocolate and cookies were offered to those who attended.
The tree, a 12-foot white spruce, was planted two years ago by the Porcupine Horticultural Society and the City of Timmins in the park adjacent to the church to decorate it with lights for Christmas every year.
Margaret Hoggett, secretary with the Porcupine Horticultural Society, said, “We try to do projects that will bring the community together.”
Hoggett explained they planted the Christmas tree two years ago to have this ceremony every Christmas and also to host a community get-together.
She said they were thinking to plant a tree for many years and they were able to do it in 2017.
“I think there are probably as many people here this year as last year.”
After the tree-lighting ceremony, the night featured carol singing inside the church.
Valerie Issac, director of St Paul’s Anglican Church, said, “It’s a wonderful expression of community because there are people from all over here and everybody comes together and shares the joy of the Christmas season.”
Issac said the ceremony is a great way to start off the Christmas season.