Santa lights the Christmas tree

Colville’s annual rite of passage for the Christmas season, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, was held Nov. 25 next to the clocktower in downtown Colville. The evening’s celebrations started with elementary school carolers, followed by cake and hot chocolate provided Saundra’s Furniture. Santa Claus arrived by fire truck. Santa wasted no time lighting the big spruce — the official start of the Christmas season in Colville. This event is sponsored by Colville Chamber of Commerce.