Northwest NEWS

December 6, 1999

Valley Special

Christmas in Carnation begins yuletide season

   The small town tradition of a community holiday celebration commenced as the City of Carnation held its annual "Christmas in Carnation" last Saturday, complete with a pancake breakfast, crafts bazaar, and Christmas parade.

   The Pancake Breakfast and Elf Workshop were sponsored by the Carnation Elementary PTSA. The crafts bazaar and Christmas Parade were sponsored by the Carnation Chamber of Commerce.

   In the parade, Santa rode in the Nestlé's Farm truck, and Rudolph waved and handed out reindeer food to the children. The usual assortment of horses, children, bikes, and strollers were decked out in warm holiday attire and lights strolled down Tolt Avenue with the Rudolph Firetruck.

   The Tree Lighting Ceremony followed the parade, and Chamber President Steve Collins welcomed the revelers, thanking all the volunteers. Cold hands enjoyed hot chocolate and Nestlé's toll house cookies donated by the Nestlé Training Center. Jane Bakken, local vocalist, sang holiday songs to an apprecetive audience. King County Police Sgt. Jerrell Wills read "The Night Before Christmas" to conclude the Tree ceremony.

   The Tolt Middle School Band and Cedarcrest High School Band and Jazz Choir led carolers of all ages at the Town Center.