A large crowd turned out in downtown L’Orignal for the annual illumination of the village’s Christmas tree on Sunday, December 4.
The evening’s events began at 4:30 p.m., with Christmas carols sung by Champlain’s La Chorale de l’amitié, who kept everyone entertained while they waited for the lighting ceremony. Those in attendance could warm up with hot cider being served by L’Orignal’s Riverest Restaurant, or with hot chocolate provided by Patrimoine L’Orignal, which organized the evening’s festivities. The Bakery of Heidi and Willy was on hand, offering free Christmas treats.
After an introduction by Louise Bedard from Patrimoine L’Orignal and a few words from Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel, the colour-changing tree was illuminated at about 5:15 to gasps and wows from the audience.