The Sparkle is on in Southampton.
The Christmas tree in front of the Town Hall was officially lit on Thursday night (NOV 22)--Sparkles Night--to mark the beginning of the Christmas season in downtown Southampton where merchants stayed open until 9pm so shoppers could get the deals they're after for the holiday season.
An energetic crowd gathered to watch the spectacle and of course, kids were everywhere.
One youngster was Erly Eichstedt of Southampton who says she has her list which isn't too big and she looks forward to Santa's visit for Christmas Day.
Erly's mom, Carissa says she's got everything under control.
She says her Christmas shopping is done early to avoid the chaos.
Most of the children gathered in front of the Christmas tree to help Mayor-elect Luke Charbonneau pull the switch to light up the tree before the Chantry Singers entertained with some Christmas tunes.
Charbonneau, who did the honours with the help of kids, in Port Elgin a week earlier, says he could do this sort of thing every week because it's so much fun.
But on a more serious note, he recognizes that this is an important time of year for all merchants and he hopes Saugeen Shores citizens will shop locally to keep the economy rolling in the municipality.
Next up is the Port Elgin Santa Claus parade tomorrow, Saturday, November 24th, followed by the big guy's parade in Southampton on Friday, November 30th.
#Southampton Sparkles night went without a hitch. Mayor-elect Luke Charbonneau had plenty of help lighting the Christmas tree from willing children in the crowd and the countdown was on. @98thebeach @NewsBayshore pic.twitter.com/eQzUz2uD2Z— John Divinski (@JDivinski) November 23, 2018