Clarion ushers in holidays with light-up night event

Truly Long, 7, (left) and her sister Paisley, 4, of Clarion, enjoyed the Christmas trees at Veterans Park in Clarion on Monday night. The trees were donated and decorated by several businesses and volunteer organizations. (By Randy Bartley)
Staff writer

Clarion celebrated the holiday season Monday with a light-up night event.

“We brought Christmas back to Clarion after COVID,” said Tracy Becker, executive director of the Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry.

Becker said, “Destination Downtown Clarion” bought 30 wreaths and placed them on the street corners at 5th, 6th, and 7th avenues.

Clarion County commissioners placed wreaths in the windows of the courthouse, and other wreaths are on the courthouse lawn.

“The VFW and American Legion auxiliaries decorated a massive and beautiful tree in Veterans Park downtown,” said Becker, who added that 11 more trees sponsored by businesses in Clarion have been placed in the back of the park.

“We hope this event grows each year,” said Becker. “I have already had some businesses reach out to me and ask about next year. It’s a way to bring everyone together for the holiday season.”

Clarion will welcome Santa to town on Dec. 4 with a parade featuring two dozen units and treats for the kids. There will also be an ugly sweater contest that night, Becker said.

“We have a lot to offer in Clarion,” said Becker. “Our downtown merchants don’t have supply chain problems. They are well stocked for the holidays.”