Ashland, Ore — For 23 straight years the city of Ashland has kicked off the holiday season with a huge celebration.
The streets of Ashland were packed with families, small children on mom and dad’s shoulders, all gathering to grab a glimpse of Santa Claus and Misses Claus as the City of Ashland kicked off the holiday season with the Festival of Light.
For the 23rd year Ashland celebrated the holiday season with the annual Festival of Light.
“It really has helped the town in terms of just being a place that you might want to come, in being a season, it’s what the holidays are all about,” said Mary Gardiner.
Following the parade and a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick, the event organized by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce brought visitors near and far to the Ashland Plaza for the big event and with the lights on throughout the town, those in the crowd say it’s time for the holidays to begin.
The Chamber says they’ve been working with Ashland businesses to put the lights up for months now and they’ll stay on through the holiday season.