Lights, Santa … Action!

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With a festive dcor and the spirit of celebration, the Trail of Lights Committee and Huntsville Main Street will enlighten downtown Huntsville with the wonders of Christmas.

The Trail of Lights festivities will begin on today at 4 p.m. in the town square. This is the ninth year that the lighting on the square has been conducted.

A toy drive will also be a part of the Trail of Lights. This toy drive, entitled “M.A.S.H.,” will benefit the Santa’s Helpers Program of Walker County. K-Star Country 99.7 radio station will sponsor the toy drive and have give-a-ways for contributors and participants.

The actual cost of the celebration is estimated to be thousands of dollars.

Director of Economic Development for the City of Huntsville and Trail of Lights committee member J.D. Schindler said, “We have spent a cumulative of about $40,000 and more in the previous years. The cost of this year’s lighting will be from the range of $10,000 to $12,000.”

Huntsville citizens were informed of the lighting on the square by flyers and radio advertisements beginning the week of Thanksgiving. The flyers were sent out along with the routine water bills to area citizens, asking them to donate to the cause.

The level of response from the citizens helped greatly to pay for the entire cost of the Christmas tree.

Local inmates decorated the courthouse under the direction of Huntsville Main Street manager Shawn Lewis. Lewis is responsible for bringing together events that will promote downtown involvement with the citizens of Huntsville.

There will also be a parade, sponsored by the Lions Club led through the downtown area by Santa Claus.

Local YMCA workers and downtown merchants will be joining in the celebration by giving away candy during the parade. Pictures with Santa Claus will also be available after the parade.

The First Methodist Church will host a free concert at 6 p.m., which will feature their male and female choirs.

Drenched in thousands of lights, the 20 foot tall, $8,000, newly furnished Christmas tree will sparkle as it is officially lit in the town square at 7 p.m. Kooter Robertson from the K Sam radio station will host the festivities.

“This will indeed be a remarkable experience, showcasing the diligent work of Huntsville citizens coming together for a great cause,” said Lunnette Nadeau, Huntsville Main Street spokeswoman.