An annual Bright night in Carlton


The beautiful tree was lit by the mayor Brian Rake for all the people of Carlton.

Lela McInnis, Staff Writer

The people of Carlton came together and did their annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 7th at 4-7 pm. This tradition has been going on for decades. 


Every year the Mayor of Carlton will light the tree, and later reads the book “The Night Before Christmas” to the kids.


The Community and Economic Development Coordinator Amie Amerson said, “Carlton has had a tree lighting event for decades.  Our past Mayor, Kathie Oriet loved this event and made sure it happened every year of her Mayorship. It continues today, just in a different spot!”


This year it took place on the empty lot by the train depot and Barrel 47, whereas in previous years it had been the small tree at the upper park or the big spruce tree on Main street.


Brian Rake, Carlton’s mayor lit the tree and read to the kids. There was a band playing by the Carlton police department. 


When Amerson was asked about the tree lighting,  Amerson said “Hot cocoa and conversation is always plentiful too. Then the tree lights get turned on and more singing/music takes place.”


This year the members of the Carlton Community Church came to the tree lighting to hand out apple cider and coffee for everyone. In addition, Santa made an appearance for the children.


Gigi Andrus helped at the event and said “I volunteered because my stepdad is part of the Christmas in Carlton committee. I would say it went really good.”