People admired the Sasquatch-themed light display for the first night of Lights on the Lake. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

LETTER: Harrison’s holiday spirit a job well done

Agassiz residents Bert and Cherry Hooper congratulate the village on its holiday light display

Dear Mayor Facio,

This is an open letter to yourself, the entire municipal council and staff, and all those responsible for the extremely beautiful display of Christmas and seasonal lighting that has adorned Harrison Hot Springs during the holidays this year.

As we live in Agassiz, we often visit Harrison at many times throughout the year: to visit the beaches, the restaurants and coffee shops, and often make purchases in many of the shops.

What we noticed this Christmas season was the huge abundance of visitors, of all ages, wandering around and enjoying the lights.

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There were line-ups for people to buy ice cream, chocolates, hot drinks, and all the restaurants, cafés and coffee shops appeared to be full, with people waiting.

Even on evenings with rain, the damp streets multiplied the number of lights, and we saw families still wandering around with umbrellas.

In Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford and Mission, we have spoken with friends about the lights in Harrison this year, and most already knew.

The knowledge that the word of mouth, and no doubt social media, has spread the news far and wide is a testament to the progressive thinking that created this display.

One can only imagine the huge boost to tourism for this entire region, as visitors return home and further spread the good news.

Congratulations to all of you for a fantastic job well done; we believe that nothing but good will be your reward during 2019 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

-Bert and Cherry Hooper, Agassiz

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