The POA and the Jr. Women’s Club are teaming up again this year to host the 36th annual Tree Lighting Festival on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at the lodge. This family-friendly holiday event will feature a variety of holiday entertainment and activities, including dance groups, bounce houses, DIY photo station with fun holiday backdrops, balloon artists, face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Students from Mrs. Brown’s Little Learners Preschool will perform a tribute to the late Rachelle Brown and there will be a special performance by a winter princess.
Food vendors include Juanita’s Sweets and More, Q’s Tacos and Big Mama’s Hot Dog Cart.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be escorted to the lodge on a fire truck to do the ceremonial tree lighting at approximately 5:30. With Mrs. Claus by his side, Santa will flip the switch to light up the massive lodge tree decorated with thousands of lights.
After the tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take their seats next to the Christmas tree in the Holiday Bay Room and take photos with children and their families. Parents should bring their own cameras.
With the exception of vendor booths, all entertainment and activities are free.
The Jr. Women’s Club is sponsoring a toy donation booth. Residents who donate a new unwrapped toy will receive five raffle tickets.
The POA advises residents to dress warmly as most of the activities will be outdoors. With the exception of service dogs, animals are not allowed on the lodge grounds. The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar will be open during this event. However, the parking lot may be extra busy during this time.