Rutland kicks off holiday season with winter light up

Rutland Winter Light Up

Madison Erhardt

It's a sure sign the holiday season is here.

The Rutland community and beyond, sipped hot chocolate, took photos with Santa and shopped at holiday vendors Sunday afternoon at the annual Rutland Winter Light Up.

The light-up took place from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rutland Centennial Park.

"We got snow last night so it very much feels like a winter wonderland. It is great. We are seeing lots of people coming down. We have way more vendors this year than we did last year, so people are out and they're starting to shop. It is a great opportunity to pick up some stuff for your holiday shopping list," said Christina Ferreira, owner of Impact Events and Brand Management.

The tree lit up at 4:30 p.m.

The free afternoon included live entertainment, carolling, crafting, food trucks and more.

"It is great for the community to be within the community of Rutland. It helps small businesses. All of these vendors that are here are small owner-operators that operate out of their homes," Ferreira added.

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