- In many communities, it doesn't feel like the holidays without first lighting a tree. In Three Lakes Friday, that meant more than 3,000 lights on a 95-foot-tree.
It was a part of the 21st Festival of Lights. You could also find Santa and Mrs. Claus among the crowd as well.
Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Skip Brunswick says the goal was to get people together and build on community.
"We just enjoy doing this, with the tree lighting, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, the live reindeer," Brunswick said. "We get a good turnout, free cookies, hot chocolate, chili, hamburgers, and hot dogs. It's just a great event and of course we got snappy weather today, but that's the Northwoods."
Organizers needed a little bit of help to actually get the lights on the tree. That meant turning to the Three Lakes Fire Department to use the ladder truck to put the lights on top.
Even then, it gets challenging.
"It gets a little hairy when you're 105 feet in the air and if the wind's blowing, like we had bad wind storms last week, we lost six lines," Brunswick said. "[Then we] had to come back and put brand new ones back on again."
The fun however doesn't end on Friday.
The first Annual Jingle Mingle will be hosted by the business community in Three Lakes on Saturday, November 28t from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The area will offer special holiday discounts, free snacks, hot drinks, longer open hours and other activities
Brunswick hopes it can just help the community continue to grow together.
"Let's try and put some the negative situations that are going on in the country, behind us," Brunswick said. "Let's pull together, join together and pray for peace."