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Bremerton ushering in holiday spirit
By CHARLES MELTON
In less than a week, the holiday season will officially arrive in Bremerton as two separate events will ignite the festivities on Dec. 7.
The Bremerton Main Stream Association will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. when the Bremerton High School marching band performs seasonal songs preceding Santas arrival on a fire truck at the intersection of First Street and Pacific Avenue.
Santa will light the new Christmas tree in front of the Naval Museum of the Pacific in Building 50 at 5:30 p.m. and the first 200 children at the event will receive a free commemorative ornament.
After the jolly old elf turns on the lights, the procession will make its way up Pacific Avenue to Westsound Bank and Mortgage at the corner of Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue.
At 6 p.m. Santa will flip the switch on the tree in the banks lobby and the first 200 kids will receive a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of Westsound Bank and Mortgage.
Just across the Manette Bridge another decorated tree will pierce the darkness as Winterfest makes its annual return to the East Bremerton community.
The theme for this years event is Magic in Manette and the festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m.
Each of the Manette businesses will have their traditional holiday open house serving with special eats, treats and entertainment such as a movie and popcorn at Manette TV or an the antique fire engine at Tease Salon, music at Manette Antiques or special children treats at Genesis Infinity.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at around 7 p.m. as choirs from Manette Church and New Life Church will warm the expected crowds with song around the Manette Christmas tree beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Bremerton economic development director Gary Sexton will do the honors of lighting the tree at 7 p.m. sharp and the Manette Rainbow Girls will be serving hot chocolate, cider, and cookies afterwards at the community stage.
The common link between the two events will be the newly installed Christmas lights, which span from the Harborside District to Manette.
The Manette Bridge is one of the most prominent features of our city skyline, and lighting it up for the holiday emphasizes the connection that Manette and downtown share, said Bremerton City Councilman Adam Brockus, who represents the Manette area.
The new lights may seem like a minor detail for a city like Bremerton, which is undergoing a major revitalization effort, but they are important, Brockus said.
Christmas lights may seem like a minor detail, but it is initiatives like these that help lift our communitys spirit and make the city a more enjoyable place to live and work, he said.
Bremertons public image is inevitably linked with our waterfront skyline, so these lights are important in how we are viewed by the broader public.