Lightin’ up the Christmas Season

Kacy Haydel, Reporter @WeeklyCitizen
The City of Gonzales hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Gonzales Civic Center on Tuesday, December 4.

The City of Gonzales lit up the holiday season when it hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Gonzales Civic Center on Tuesday, December 4.

Christmas lovers stood in a line that was wrapped around the Civic Center with children waiting for an opportunity to get a picture with Santa Claus and to see Center Stage Performing Arts Academy’s performance, “Glee Under the Tree.”

The Jambalaya Festival Association provided and served jambalaya during the event, and hot chocolate was also served.

Cynthia Ashton and her grandchildren were the first in line for pictures with Santa. She said she has been attending the event for around five or six years now.

When asked about her Grandchildren’s favorite part of the event, Ashton said, “Everything, they love everything, Santa Claus and the kids singing and stuff, they love that.”

Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he was impressed with the attendance of the event.

“Oh it’s a wonderful turnout. You know, it’s a little but surprising having a Christmas party and its like 75 degrees, it’s a little bit warm but we have a wonderful crowd and the kids are really enjoying it.”

Mayor Arceneaux said that this event was started long before he was mayor, but he knew it was a tradition worth upholding.

“The former mayor and council did the same thing for years and it was something that we felt like we surely wanted to continue doing. It has been successful every year, we’re happy to do it.

Mayor Arceneaux said he enjoys seeing families celebrate the event together during the holidays.

“It just means a lot to me as mayor, it makes me so proud to see so many family members come out and to see little children enjoy themselves when they see Santa, it warms your heart.”

He concluded by saying he would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to have a safe and happy holiday.