DENHAM SPRINGS -- After having to wait five days longer than expected, it only made sense to wait a few extra minutes.
Just as Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry was set to begin the countdown for the Kiwanis Lighting of the Christmas Tree — an event that was postponed due to inclement weather on the originally scheduled date — Train Station Park lived up to its name as a locomotive passed by, delaying the already-delayed event even further.
But Landry didn’t let the moment go to waste.
“Back in the history of Denham Springs, farmers used bring their crops right here to ship them off to market [on trains],” he said. “Just a little bit of history, right?”
Once the train passed, things were rolling.
A crowd of a couple hundred people gathered at Train Station Park for the Kiwanis Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The event was originally slated for Dec. 13, but heavy thunderstorms in the Denham Springs area forced the Kiwanis Club to push things back.
After a slight derailment from a passing train, everything went according to plan on this night.
Hundreds of lights on the 15-foot tree at Train Station Park twinkled to life once Landry and the crowd counted down to “One!” After the tree was lit, members of the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs and the Young Artist Academy Gospel Choir performed a small concert from the steps of Train Station Park.
Young singers belted out popular Christmas tunes such as “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” before the audience joined them in a three-song finale that included “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree was the last major event scheduled for the Denham Springs Antique Village’s annual Christmas in the Village celebration, which officially concludes its fourth run with Caroling in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 22.