Southampton Sparkles as the annual Christmas tree is lit

Despite the cold temperature, Southampton’s annual Christmas tree lighting at the Town Hall drew a sizable crowd on Thursday, November 22nd.  The evening was also Southampton Sparkles night for Christmas shoppers with stores staying open late.

Town Crier Neil Menage and Mayor Elect Luke                               Charbonneau

The Celtic Academy dancers warmed up the crowd with their energy and Town Crier Neil Menage, with bell ringing, stood on the Town Hall steps and had his annual words of ‘wisdom’ for the crowd.

Mayor elect, Luke Charbonneau, reminded everyone  “… how privileged we are to live in this community, the fastest growing in Grey and Bruce counties.  We have much to be thankful for and, hopefully, we can all help those in need at this time of year.  I also encourage everyone to shop at home this holiday season and support our local merchants.”

He then had the task of lighting the Christmas tree, with many young children who were eager to help and start the Christmas season off in Southampton.

The Chantry Singers rounded off the celebration with songs of Christmas and then everyone moved in to the Art Gallery for some hot chocolate.

                                 Chantry Singers ended the evening with Christmas melodies