LEA BEAZELY/The Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

A light rain couldn’t keep the crowd away from lighting up the Christmas tree at the Light Up Littleton event last Saturday.


A little rain couldn’t keep more than 75 die-hard Christmas fans away from Light Up Littleton Saturday night. Although most of the stage activities were postponed until Dec. 7 as part of the Littleton Christmas Parade, the tree lighting went on as scheduled. 

As part of the celebration, Gilbert Avent, band teacher at Northwest Collegiate & Technical Academy in Littleton, played the saxophone from the stage while the crowd waited for the countdown. 

Then, at 5:40 p.m., Littleton Mayor Owen Scott welcomed the crowd from the stage. He announced that the lighting had been moved to 5:45 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. so the Fitts Foundation could do it before the next cell of rain moved in. 

Of the stage decorations, volunteer Kim Gray said: “Lori Zito, Buddy Isles, Sr., Buddy Isles, Jr., Morgan Carter, Kendra Pierce, Gordon Gray, and Jan Sullivan decorated the stage. Lisa Bolton and Steve Milligan worked on the planters. Valerie Lucas contributed wooden cutouts, and the Fitts family installed the garland and balls.

“There are many people from the community who deserve ‘thank yous’ for their donations of lights, trees, decorations, time and money. It has really been a community effort.”  

Attendees and volunteers excitedly made their way to the tree lighting area, counted down from 10 to zero and cheered as the tree and other lights were turned on. Hannah Allen and here mom, Bethanne, weren’t going to let a little rain keep them away. 

“We’ve been decorating all day, and we wanted to come out and have some fun and see all the lights,” said Bethanne with a big smile on her face.

Even the water tower reflected Littleton’s Christmas spirit, its bright white lights illuminating the town’s name. The lights were installed by Jim Skilton, president of Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.