Festival of Lights Proves Ashland is an Awesome Aging Town

The Festival of Lights Parade has so many high points, creates so much happiness and spreads an ocean of joy to kick off the holiday season in style. Parade participants decked themselves all out this year in the flavor of greeting the Christmas season with open arms.

One of the very high points, of course, is the lighting of the town’s decorations all at once when Santa gives the cue. But thousands of people singing Jingle Bells immediately following the lighting runs a close race coming in second to the lighting.

Pre and post parade is almost as much fun as the parade itself. So many gathered together to give the town a holiday launching is noteworthy. Being the Christmas Fairy, for me, means scattering joy throughout the town and bringing magic to the children.

Many in the parade were at least partially costumed through Renaissance Rose. Ann Wilton, owner, and I had a delightful exchange after the parade. Tree House Books created magical Ashlandia portals. And so many other groups brought uplifting cheer in their own special ways.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Ashland Chamber of Commerce for grabbing the reins once again this year and making sure Ashland’s Festival of Lights Parade was a huge success!

The magic of town lights turning on....


Ann Wilton and I delighting in post parade exchange

It seems that Ashland keeps getting more and more awesome in its aging process. And for many good reasons! I love Ashland! Grateful to be here! 

Jane Almquist, Tree House Books, and daughter pre-parade

Gingerbread Guy, Bud Clardy, who volunteers for every parade

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