by Joshua Manning – Staff Writer
The tradition of lighting the tree at the Don Henning roundabout in downtown Covington is an annual occurrence which seeks to bring together to the community of Covington through the topic of the Christmas Season. The event started at 4 PM with live music and a few scenes from “Scrooge, The Musical” as well as live caroling shortly after. Many Covington service clubs, as well as our very own Kentlake Key Club were present at the event to serve hot beverages such as cider and cocoa as well as cookies and other refreshments. In addition to the food, the City of Covington also had arts and crafts stations set up for ornament making.
The tree lighting itself took place around 6 PM which is when attendance to the event swelled the most. The big tree on the roundabout that the lighting used to happen on was notably cut down years ago but it has since been replaced with a smaller one for the lighting ceremony since the lighting is a tradition and it is the thing that the most people show up to on the day of the event. Many people when asked why they showed up to the lighting just simply said “out of tradition”, while others tended to expand on the ideas of community and how the event can fortify ties with other people you may not have met otherwise.
Although the event officially started at 4 PM, the Covington Kiwanis Club held a pancake breakfast, ran a craft bazaar, and facilitated a 5k event. These events were part of the Hollydaze Saturdays in December, which is also a tradition of Covington in which every Saturday before Christmas, special holiday events for the family are held. These events took place over the course of the whole day whereas the tree lighting started at 4 PM and ended at 6 PM. The Kiwanis Club also had their own booth and sold goods at the tree lighting as well to raise money for future events they will be holding as well as to raise money for the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program for pediatric oncology.