A large crowd turned out on Sunday, December 5, as Patrimoine L’Orignal-Longueuil Heritage and Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste held their Illumination 2021 tree lighting ceremony.

The tree lighting at the corner of King Street and John Street/Bay Road kicked off at 4:30 p.m., with hot apple cider served by by Riverest, volunteers handing out candy canes, and Christmas music playing, as people enjoyed the outdoor social gathering. to 6 p.m. Louise Bedard of Patrimoine L’Orignal-Longueuil Heritage spoke of the importance of heritage in the village, followed by Champlain Township Mayor Norman Riopel, who offered up festive greetings to the crowd.

An audible ‘oooh’ from the crowd could be heard as the tree lit up in spectaculor colors at exactly 5:15 p.m., with lights flashing in a variety of colours.

The crowd gathers downtown, prior to Sunday’s Illumination 2021 tree-lighting ceremony in L’Orignal. PHOTO:REID MASSON

André Chabot, Alexandra Quester and Nancy Napolitano of Riverest restaurant serve up hot apple cider at the tree-lighting ceremony. PHOTO: REID MASSON

Champlain Township Mayor Norman Riopel greets the crowd at the lighting ceremony. To his left is Louise Bedard, of Patrimoine L’Orignal-Longueuil Heritage, who spoke of the importance of heritage in the village. PHOTO REID MASSON

L’Orignal residents Kevin Jonasson and Susan Thompson enjoy a glass of hot apple cider at Sunday’s tree-lighting ceremony in L’Orignal. PHOTO: REID MASSON