JOHNSTOWN - A special ornament was placed on the city's Christmas tree during the annual Colonial Stroll and tree lighting Friday night.
A crowd of about 20 people gathered in the rain near St. John's Episcopal Church to watch as Mayor Sarah Slingerland flipped the switch to light the Christmas tree in the downtown park.
The Rev. Laurie Garramone, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, handed a commemorative ornament - marking the 250th anniversary of the church - to Slingerland.
Nyla McClary, 21 months old, of Johnstown points to Santa Claus on a sleigh in the Johnstown Park during the annual tree-lighting ceremony and Colonial?Stroll on
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"It's a wonderful tradition, to think at the founding of this town that this church was a part of that," Garramone said.
At the event, several trees were covered in gold lights. Santa Claus and reindeer decorations were set up along North Main Street.
The band shell also had a display of children ice skating, with Christmas music playing.
The event was a more subdued affair compared to previous years. While there were no wagon rides, carolers or live nativity scene, history was a prevalent topic.
Slingerland said this year's focus was on local history, with two local historians conducting a book signing at Mysteries on Main Street. The Johnstown Historical Society museum also was open for the occasion.