The City of Flin Flon’s tallest Christmas tradition will make its official return tonight. Flin Flon’s Christmas tree has been assembled and will be lit up Wednesday evening in the middle of Pioneer Square.
A small public celebration for the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, with free candy bags and hot cocoa for attendees. Music will be performed at the lighting ceremony, as well as the presence of a particular jolly elf. Santa Claus may make an appearance at the event.
As of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Santa's presence was not yet confirmed by the City, but sources close to The Reminder have said a sleigh was spotted on radar flying to the Flin Flon area from the north earlier in the day.
Along with the tree, City workers have put up the traditional Christmas lights along both sides of Main Street's sidewalks and lampposts.
Despite the incoming holiday cheer, festivities will be kept small. Manitoba COVID-19 regulations and health orders allow for small events - under current Manitoba health orders, which were updated Nov. 12, gatherings outside in public spaces can be held, but with a limit of 50 people at any gathering in what the province describes as “uncontrolled public spaces.” The event will be streamed live on Facebook for those unable to attend.
Last year, the tree was put up in Pioneer Square to little fanfare and no event at all in late November, also at the same time as the Main Street decorations.