By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Hundreds of Atmore residents and visitors congregated last Thursday, December 1, at FNB&T Park for the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree.
The tree-lighting was one leg of a three-pronged holiday evening that also included Santa in the Park, where children of all ages could have their picture taken with Santa Claus, and Jingle Bell Walk, during which several businesses stayed open later than usual to afford shoppers with early gift-buying opportunities.
The crowd included Rachel Mooney, her children (Katherine, Braleigh and Raelin) and grandchildren (Gavin, Koehn and Emerlynn).
Rachel said the family usually attends the tree lighting. She also agreed that the seasonal weather made Christmas seem a little nearer.
Police Chief Chuck Brooks said the cool but not cold air, along with the excitement of crowded sidewalks, made the night even more of an event.
“Events like this change the atmosphere of the community, makes it feel more like Christmastime,” Brooks said. “That’s why we do everything we can to support the Chamber. Anything that shines a positive light on this community, I want to be a part of it.”