Rossland’s 22nd annual Rekindle the Spirit of Christmas event took place on Saturday, bringing out carollers, revellers and Christmas shoppers.
The highlight of the afternoon for some of Rossland’s younger residents was the parade down Columbia Ave. with Santa Clause. The jolly old soul led the children through the streets of town to the Rossland Public Library, where kids not only had the opportunity to sit on his lap and have their pictures taken, but could also write him a letter and leave it in the library’s special mail box, offering express delivery to the North Pole.
Throughout the day, various community groups raised money by selling everything from baked goods to books. Members of the Rossland Youth Action Network made and sold live wreaths, the Red Mountain Racers sold Christmas trees, and the Rossland Figure Skating Club was one of many organizations selling Christmas treats.
There was also plenty of entertainment provided during the event. The Golden City Fiddlers, 600 Cell and the Rossland Glee Club performed at the Rossland Art Gallery, and Louise Drescher gave her annual adult story reading there are well. The Rossland Light Opera Players (RLOP) were also out and about, spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear as they carolled door to door in downtown Rossland.
The RLOP also led the carolling proceeding the Rossland Christmas tree lighting, when Santa Clause used his magic to light the tree, delighting young Rosslanders.