Girl Scouts, members of North Shore Voices and members of the public gathered around the tall tree in front of Silver Bay City Hall on Monday, Dec. 2, to officially flip the switch and light the tree.
Usually, the city also turns on the rest of the decorations around town at the same time, but large amounts of snow kept the city from placing all of the decorations the previous week. However, the tree was prepared and Girl Scouts Ella Bowman and Malaya Peterson flipped the switch and plugged in the multicolored strands.
Brenda Larson of North Shore Voices led the gathered crowd in popular Christmas songs, accompanied by jingle bells, such as "O Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Following the ceremony and singing, attendees were invited inside City Hall for hot cocoa and sugar cookies.
The ever-growing tree was donated and planted in front of City Hall in 1977 by the League of Women Voters and has been decorated annually ever since.