Saturday’s Holiday Tree Lighting event was delightful. Real snow for sledding, bonfires and heaters galore to keep the chill off, visits with Santa, free hot cider and Anthony’s clam chowder, rockin’ holiday tunes and live performances, and a gorgeous tree blazing to life. I love living in this town!
I suspect that most of the several thousand people who attended don’t know that the event would not happen without dozens of mostly volunteer “elves” toiling behind the scenes to scrape together the funding and permits, set everything up, run the event, and clean it all up afterward. Not to mention the 100 or so volunteers who hung garlands and lights all over downtown.
This event is not put on by the City of Kirkland. It happens thanks to the Kirkland Downtown Association, a group of people who care about making Kirkland a great place to live, work, and play. Thank you to all of them, too numerous to mention, and to all of the businesses that sponsored the event. You are Holiday Heroes!