The annual tree-lighting event in Dartmouth moved from its original setting at Sullivan’s Pond to Alderney Landing this year due to construction. However, the Christmas tree stayed behind.
Saturday’s event began at 4:30 p.m. Sponsor TD opted for an artistic white replica this year and left the real tree at its original spot at Sullivan’s Pond.
Some people were unhappy with this decision.
“It’s a sad tree,” said Robin Isaac of the replica. Her daughter, Joell Majeau, agreed. “It’s a bigger area, but they should have a real tree.”
The line for the Kiwanis Santa Claus Express Train quickly built up as families waited for a turn.
Lenny Langton was waiting behind the barriers to see his wife and daughters ride past. He appreciated the ride, though not the long lineup.
“Hopefully, if they do the event here again they’ll have learned a bit of a lesson,” he said.
Langton said he liked the bigger area at Alderney Landing. “The pond took up the majority of the park, so before you’d be kind of crowded around the streets and sidewalks and on the grass.”
A carousel situated in the heart of Alderney Landing was another option for fun.
Leading up to the tree lighting, Mike Cowie and Friends sung carols on stage with Nadia Moore. The audience joined in to sing and dance.
The stand-in tree was lit just before 6 p.m.
Immediately after the tree was lit, fireworks went off over the harbour. The colourful display was met with loud cheers from the spectators below.