Several hundred people from Bridgetown and area turned up at the steps of town hall Friday evening as the town ushered in the Christmas season with plenty of Christmas spirit as students from the elementary school sang carols, Mayor Bob Fowler and chamber of commerce president brought Christmas messages, and the crowd counted down to magically turn on the festive lights.
The town's youth ambassador also wished residents a merry Christmas and local crafters opened up shop at the old general store. Across Queen Street the New Bridgetown and Area Library held an open house and book sale. The newly opened Cool Water Cafe hosted a barbecue and a mini bus took people on tours.
Inside town hall Art Marshall and Grant Wright helped with the NSPI LED light exchange and the volunteer fire department helped with traffic control. Local merchants were to be open later than usual.
On Saturday the Bridgetown Lions are holding a Big Breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. and the Santa Claus Parade starts at 1 p.m. at Jubilee Park and heads to Queen Street and Centennial Avenue to Home Hardware where the Jolly Old Elf will hand out Christmas goodies to the kids. For information go to www.discoverbridgetown.com