Etna Borough's most popular annual event, Light the Night, returned in spectacular fashion the day after Thanksgiving, ushering in a holiday season that feels warm and welcome after the cancellation of last year.
The event began with its traditional parade, including old favorites, such as the Bagpipe Player and Schreiner's mini mobiles, and new groups such as Colonel Eagleburger's High-Stepping Goodtime Band, and Pittsburgh Samba Group. Of course Santa and Mrs. Claus brought up the rear in their horse-drawn sleigh, but this year, were joined by a very special elf!
Event-goers frolicked through flurries to hear the Pine Creek Band play carols, ride the trolley, visit with Santa and the live reindeer, watch an ice sculptor at work, and take free family portraits. Warming stations were open with hot cocoa, a caricature artist and an opportunity to write a Christmas Card to a soldier stationed overseas. Several lucky winners received a fantastic gift basket that were raffled off at the end of the evening.
The night was capped off by amazing fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks at the municipal baseball fields, and a bond fire that was built and maintained by the Etna Volunteer Fire Company. Thank you to the Borough, volunteers, and the Light the Night committee for bringing back this wonderful tradition!