Hundreds of parents and children lined up for Burney’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday evening November 24 to meet with Santa.
Santa talked with each child to find out if they were good and learn what they wanted for Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa were very adept at providing cheer and comfort to each child.
Each child received a Christmas gift bag.
The Burney Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, the Burney Lions Club, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River, The Lions Auxiliary, VFW, Burney Fire Protection District and other local neighbors and volunteers all participated in putting on the opening Christmas event.
Residents on the lane worked hard to decorate their houses with light for the festivities.
The Rotary served popcorn and cotton candy, the Soroptomists served hot chocolate and apple cider, the Lion Auxiliary provided delicious cookies.
Bill Campbell acted as Emcee.
The program opened with a presentation of arms by the VFW honor guard.
Janice Hamlin sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Then Paris Geisler soulfully sang two popular Christmas songs including White Christmas.
Kids did the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting.
Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whitfield through the switch and the trees were lit.
Then the Winkelman family sang Christmas Carols.
The elves were expectantly waiting for Santa.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause arrived in a fire truck.
Mrs. Claus was escorted off the truck by Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady.
Music was provided by toy soldiers.
It was a wonderful time for young and old.