Despite very un-Christmas-like weather, Zachary’s Christmas in the Village event was well-attended Friday, organizers said.
A few small, barely noticeable hiccups were not enough to dampen the spirits of parents, who waited in long lines to have their children photographed with Santa Claus and “Frozen” characters.
Amrhein lit the town’s new 28-foot LED Christmas tree, which shone brightly throughout the night as children played and held snowball fights in the 5 tons of snow brought in by event organizers.
Numerous arts and craft booths kept many of the adults busy shopping for Christmas gifts, and on the BREC stage, musical performances by local children’s choirs, singers, dance troops and more entertained the crowds, which numbered in the thousands, organizers estimated.
Zachary singer-songwriter Michelle Willis, 14, performed “Let It Go” and was followed by kindergartners from Northwest Elementary School who played bells under the direction of Lola Hill.
Hill uses a variety of instruments in her lessons, as well as flash cards, which students identify so they know when to shake the bells to the corresponding colors and music. The students performed Christmas classics such as “Let There be Peace on Earth” and “Silver Bells.”
Zachary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate MacArthur and Director Heather Prejean invited Amrhein to draw the winning names for the Shop Local campaign.
Gift cards redeemable to participating merchants were awarded to three winners: Trey Gaspard, $500; Candy Thornton, $300 ; and Julie McLin, $150.