While some took to the malls on the day after Thanksgiving, many visitors and residents of Wrightwood stayed in the village for the Wrightwood Mountain Holiday Celebration. Formerly known as Shop at Home weekend, the annual event is sponsored by the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce, in hopes of reminding the community to shop locally and support the small business in town. The atmosphere was festive on Friday, as shoppers found special deals and holiday merchandise for every taste. In fact, one popular activity available on Friday and Saturday was fudge tasting at Applewood Court, the unofficial hub of the Christmas themed events. Santa and Mrs. Claus took time to sit outside the candy store and host dozens of children eager to tell Santa what treasures were on their wish lists. Renee Merline, Chamber member and owner of Applewood Court also hosted ornament decorating at her shop. One of the most popular features of the holiday weekend is the free hay wagon ride. The wagon was decorated with garlands and smiles as it traveled through the streets of the village. Live music from the deck at the Village Grind kept toes tapping and carols on the lips of passersby. Carols were also on the program at the official Tree-Lighting on Friday night. Lora Steinmann and company led a community holiday sing-a-long, at the Veteran’s memorial Park, before the big event. Members of Sunrise Church served complimentary hot cocoa to warm guests, inside and out. Evergreen Street was crowded, as were the sidewalks and storefronts, with families anxious to see the lights on the tree in the Veterans park spark to life. Joined by her granddaughter, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, Wrightwood’s Honorary Mayor, Dee Potter, had the honor of flipping the switch and bringing the tree to light. Despite an earlier issue with the power in the park, the tree lights came on and the deer and Christmas tree sculptures glowed with white lights. Earlier in the evening, power to the decorations had failed, and San Bernardino County Fire Station 14 came to the rescue. They loaned a generator to the Chamber, so the traditional event would not go dark this year. Saturday offered the same events, with a few exceptions. Most notably, Wrightwood’s first snow of the season laid a clean white blanket on the Village and mountainside. Visitors were thrilled with what was, for them, a surprise holiday snowstorm. Jaden, an 11-year old who with his family was visiting from Redlands, couldn’t believe his luck. “I can’t wait to tell my friends (about the snow),” he beamed, “I don’t think they’ve ever played in real snow!” While light flakes turned the town into a wonderland for most, the wetter, driving snow threatened another much anticipated tradition, the annual Light Parade. Fortunately, many of the floats were able to make it into town, and around the parade route. When icy roads prevented Jill and Daniel Kuffel from bringing their float into town, they straightened their elf costumes and proudly walked the parade route instead. Enthusiasm and cheers followed the floats down Park, as those who navigated the icy streets to watch the parade, were not disappointed. Christmas in the Village has officially begun.
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