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Must-See Photos! Opening Night of Sawdust's Winter Fantasy

Sawdust president Gavin Heath and Mayor Toni Iseman welcomed visitors to the 11th annual winter wonderland.

At the grounds, dozens of holiday enthusiasts stood in the chilly air on Saturday evening, anticipating the 11th annual lighting of the community tree. Carolers dressed in Dickens period attire sang holiday songs, then Sawdust president Gavin Heath and Mayor Toni Iseman greeted the crowd.

After their greeting, the tree was lit, and the crowd erupted in cheers, oohs and ahhs. Suddenly, with the help of some special machines and fans, the sky started to "snow." Smiles spread across the faces of all in attendance, young and old. The "flurry" lasted for about 10 minutes.

After the "snowfall," visitors strolled up and down the paths of Sawdust admiring the arts and crafts of more than 170 artisans. Attendees had a choice of four outdoor cafes at which to dine and get a cup of hot cocoa. Artists Jason and Nicole McQuaid provided a glass-blowing demonstration.

Children got to sit on Santa Claus' lap and chat with him a bit. There was also an opportunity to hold a bunny in the petting zoo area.

For more information about Sawdust Winter Fantasy hours, dates and ticket prices, CLICK HERE.

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