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Toronto community gathers for holiday light-up

The tree was lit on Tuesday in Toronto. (WTOV)

In the Gem City, residents gathered at the Gazebo for a tree lighting event.

The tree lighting was sponsored by the Toronto Revitalization Committee. It started with singing and speeches, but it wasn't just a night to celebrate the holidays.

Toronto lit up Tuesday night to put the city in the holiday spirit.

Third-grader Gracee Rex switched the lights on. She and other Karaffa Elementary third-graders made the ornaments to decorate the tree.

But the night was also one of remembrance. After the tree lighting, Girl Scouts passed out luminaries in honor of family and friends who have died.

“It’s just a good way to remember them and keep traditions alive. You miss your loved ones but you know they're with you,” said Pattie and Jim Lamantia.

Pattie and her husband got a luminary in honor of Pattie’s father. After his death this summer, it will be her first time spending the holidays without him.

“I think we’ll light that on Christmas Eve and have that just to remember him,” she said.

Even though not everyone's loved can be here with them, hundreds of candles were passed out in their place to honor their memory and traditions and to celebrate not just the holidays but also family.

“It’s just like a community thing and you know you're not alone. I think it’s important especially this time of year to keep everyone together and celebrate family,” Pattie said.

The luminaries were donated by Don Clarke and Don Foster Funeral Home. All the proceeds from them go to the Toronto Salvation Army.

Toronto will also hold a Christmas parade on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

For a complete list of area Christmas parades, click here.



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