Regina residents arrived at City Hall last night (Monday) to watch the festive lights be lit up.
Along with the lights, hot chocolate was served, horse-drawn wagon rides were available and Christmas carols were sang.
Mayor Michael Fougere says “Light the Lights” has become quite the tradition.
“I think it’s the official start of the Christmas, festive season for us, and I think it`s been a tradition for the last 17 years and we just continue on, “Fougere says. “You see the crowds of people that want to do this, they want to bring the kids out to see Santa, and begin celebrating the Christmas season.”
Fougere says Regina is not the only provincial capital to have a special holiday tradition.
“I think every capital city on Canada does have a celebration to begin the winter season, the festive season,” Fougere says. “We’ve chose, for 17 years, to light the lights in city hall, and we’re going to continue (Monday night).”
Along with the holiday lights, the city also offered Regina residents a chance to view an ice-sculpting demonstration, hang out with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and play winter games in the court yard.