The holiday spirit will shine brightly in communities throughout our area as residents welcome the holiday season with their annual light-up nights.
Streets throughout the Tri-State Area again will twinkle and glow, and children once again will have the opportunity to experience a little piece of holiday magic.
Toronto's light-up night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the city's gazebo commons. A highlight of the evening will be the memorial luminaria. Proceeds from the sale of the lights will benefit the Salvation Army's home heating assistance program organizers said.
The evening will include Christmas carols and, of course, the lighting of the city's tree.
Wellsburg, meanwhile, plans to hold its light-up night Friday, after the community's annual Christmas parade.
And, Mingo Junction will come alive next Monday when it holds its annual light-up night. The event will feature performances from the Indian Creek High School band and children from Hills Elementary School.
There will be treat bags for children and doughnuts, hot chocolate and coffee, with the village's tree being donated through personal contributions of members of village council.
Sadly missing from this year's lineup of light-up nights is Steubenville, which revived its annual event in 2006.
Light-up nights are enjoyable events that bring communities together.
They help foster a joy and excitement for the coming season.
We hope you will be a a part of the festivities in one or more of our area's communities.