VIDEO: Harrison lights up for the holidays

Visitors of all ages came to Harrison’s waterfront on Saturday to check out Tourism Harrison’s Lights by the Lake display. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Visitors of all ages came to Harrison’s waterfront on Saturday to check out Tourism Harrison’s Lights by the Lake display. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Harrison’s synthetic outdoor rink opened for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Harrison Hot Springs is now alight with holiday spirit, after the official Lights by the Lake opening Saturday (Nov. 23).

Tourism Harrison organized the second annual light display, which saw the waterfront festooned with Sasquatch-themed and seasonal Christmas lights.

Music from local country star Todd Richard, the Gospel Brass Ministries and the Kent Elementary choir filled the air, as kids got a chance to sit on Santa’s in the civic plaza. Mr. and Mrs. Sasquatch also made an appearance at the event, to the delight of some adults and the slight terror of a few younger attendees.

The Lights by the Lake opening was also the first time people got to test out the new synthetic outdoor rink in Harrison’s boat launch parking lot.

The grand opening of the rink will be taking place on Monday, Dec. 2, where the rink’s name will also be revealed, but the public will be able to enjoy free public skates from now until February.

RELATED: Harrison outdoor skating rink to open this weekend

Although the Lights by the Lake opening was well-attended, despite the rain, this year saw fewer visitors than the inaugural event in 2018. That year saw more than 1,000 people come out after a viral article billed Harrison’s Lights on the Lake as the next Whoville.

RELATED: Harrison sees massive increase in winter tourists for 2018

The lights will be on display from now until Jan. 12. They will be on each night from dusk until 11 p.m.

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