Williamstown holds tree lighting ceremony

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - Hundreds braved the cold Thursday night in Williamstown for its annual tree lighting ceremony.

Mayor Jean Ford says the event is in its 22nd year. This year, it featured holiday music from Williamstown Elementary School's choir, Williamstown Christian School's choir, Williamstown High School's band, and Williamstown High School's choir.

"We're just thrilled to continue our love for the community and our faith and the tree was just a little tiny thing when we planted it and now it's grown and we've grown with it," Mayor Ford said.

The ceremony started at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Williamstown City Building on 5th Street.

Local pastors gave the invocation and benediction.

Once the tree was lit, cookies and hot chocolate were offered inside the city building.

Mayor Ford said it's been a good year for the city of Williamstown and she looks forward to 2018.

"We're excited about our new elementary school. We're excited about the roundabouts that we are going to have. Lots of things are happening in Williamstown. We just keep growing," Mayor Ford said.

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