Kathy Newell is the owner of The Blossom Shop and organizer of the Christmas Scavenger Hunt and the Parade of Lights.
How did Hillsdale’s two biggest Christmas events go?
Attendance doubled for the scavenger hunt this year, and we had a great turnout for the parade, especially considering it was our first year. We were hoping for 10 – 15 floats and ended up with 30.
Is the Parade of Lights going to become another annual tradition?
We’re definitely doing it next year, and we’d love for the college kids to participate. You can build floats for your sports team or sorority or just get all lit up and come walk.
What were some highlights of the parade?
The BPU truck was all decked out in candy canes and packages, and then Santa rode in the fire truck. They put him up top, and then he was out there riding over everyone else. Scott from BPU also wrapped his entire truck in wrapping paper and drove it in the parade
Any changes you’d like to see for next year’s parade?
Next year we’ll try to have the floats on display afterwards, so that everyone can get a closer look and take pictures.
How does Hillsdale change around Christmas?
Everybody gets happy around Christmas. BPU put up the new big Christmas tree that actually plays Christmas music. It makes everything festive, really sets the tone. People come through the doors singing.
‑Compiled by Tory Cooney