The holiday spirit is back in town thanks to the annual Holiday Tree Lighting put on by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center last Friday.
The visitor center strings the large tree behind the building with lights each year and invites the public to celebrate turning them on, along with carols, crafts and visits with Santa for the little ones. Homer Mayor Ken Castner was the one to turn the lights on this year.
Following an introduction by new Chamber Director Brad Anderson, the dozens of community members gathered for the event enjoyed hot chocolate, s’mores made by roasting marshmallows in a campfire nearby, and carolling from the Homer High School Swing Choir under the direction of Kyle Schneider.
The public was also able to pop inside to warm up and get photos with Santa Claus. There was a separate room for holiday crafting, and representatives from the Homer Truffle Co. were there to hand out even more holiday cheer in the form of their delicious chocolates.