While a few of people set up tables on the sidewalk, most locals could be found inside the storefronts sipping on hot cocoa and eating Christmas cookies. Inside or out it was a chance for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate the Christmas season.
Outside the Twin Bridges Historical Association, Debra McNeill braved the cold to help a handful of kids sell Christmas cookies. They were raising money for the Super Star 4H club just down the road in Silver Star. Although most of the kids were pre-occupied with the hayrides running up and down the street throughout the evening, McNeill explained that the best part is just getting everyone together.
“This is the one time you know you’re going to get to see everybody before Christmas,” she said.After a couple hours strolling people gathered at the city park for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The park gradually filled with people huddled around a half dozen fire pits to keep warm, and the rotary club served hot stew and biscuits outside the fire hall as people re-connected with friends from around the community.
Local residents Heather Puckett and Paula Kinoshita took the opportunity to thank people at the Wagon Wheel, the Shack and The Old Hotel for their help in setting up with preparations and cooking for the event. When Santa arrived to officially light the Twin Bridges Christmas tree the crowd joined together to count down, and as he plugged in the extension cord the lights on the towering tree beamed almost as bright as the smiles from the community gathered around it.