Avenue of Lights brightens Oconto Falls holiday season

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High school choir, Santa and Mrs. Claus highlight annual unveiling

The Oconto Falls Lioness Club’s Avenue of Lights has become an annual tradition along North Main Street. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Santa Claus arrived in the nick of time Saturday evening, courtesy of the Oconto Falls Fire Department.

As Oconto Falls High School choral students sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” at the East Side Beach shelter, the whoop and siren of a fire truck sounded up Main Street.

Suddenly, the trees along the street lit up with Christmas joy.

The annual Avenue of Lights debut ended with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving with the firefighters. They spent the rest of the evening meeting with expectant kids and their parents for photos and conversation over cookies and hot chocolate.

Several hundred kids and their parents came out in clear but cool weather to enjoy a half-hour concert, as the high school choir performed such holiday standards as “Adeste Fidelis,” “O Holy Night” and “Deck the Halls,” directed by Amy Thiel.

They covered their ears but jumped up and down in excitement as the fire truck pulled up to the shelter, and Santa clambered down from the passenger seat.

The Oconto Falls Lioness Club hosts the annual light show with help from the community. The Lions Club and ST Paper are platinum-level sponsors; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are a gold sponsor; silver sponsors are Oconto Falls Insurance Center, United True Value Hardware, Luisier Well Drilling Inc., the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Mercier’s Fastop.

The lights will be a nightly delight along North Main Street through the Christmas season.