Copied from the Gowanda News – December 09, 2012
Santa Claus reads to the children in the lobby of the Hollywood theater last Saturday evening. After visiting with the youngsters, Santa leads everyone down to Chang-Hu Park for the annual Gowanda Christmas Treelighting Celebration. (Photo by Mary Pankow) More photos inside
Hundreds on hand for treelighting in Gowanda
Nearly perfect Weather was at hand Saturday evening, Dec. 1 for the annual treelighting sponsored by the Gowanda Area Chamber of Cormnerce.
The treelighting is held the first Saturday in December each year.
The program began at the Hollywood Theater, where Santa Clause greeted approximately 50 children (and read .a story). The children then walked with him to Chang-Hu Park, where they were g greeted by Pastor Vern Saile and a Living Nativity; including a Jerusalem donkey and two goats.
After hearing a Christmas message, parents and children, numbering in excess of 150, sang several songs. With a countdown, the tree under the gazebo was lit.
The Chamber then served hot chocolate, and cookies that were provided by ladies of local churches.
Winners of the annual Coloring Contest were also announced and presented with gift baskets. Top artists this year were Everett LeBarron, 4; Danielle Krajewski, 5; and Lindsey Gabel, 8.
The Chamber is especially grateful to Pastors Vern and Brett from the Free Methodist Church, Pastors Travis Grubbs from Immanuel Lutheran, Fred Holdridge from United Methodist and Randy Pratt from Assembly of God, and volunteers for the Living Nativity; Denise Trumpore for the Jerusalem donkey, and the Mescall family for the goats; and also Aaron Markham.