Dresden gets into the holiday spirit

For other places, that might be a lofty goal.

This is not the case for Dresden.

The volunteer-run community decided they wanted to be known as the Christmas Town of Southwestern Ontario.

“You can’t score unless you set a goal,” said spokeswoman Liz Kominek, one of the volunteer organizers. “It’s a collaboration. We have many community groups and individuals who want to work on this initiative.

Dresden is looking to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Dresden Shines event, where businesses, residents and neighborhoods pulled out all the stops to make the city sparkle.

The initiative has snowballed, with an online lighting map designed to make it easier for motorists to see the sites.

The idea caught on with Chatham-Kent, creating a lighting map for the entire municipality.

If the events of last Saturday are any indication, the Christmas Town idea is off to a good start. Sidestreets Youth Center was buzzing with volunteers, serving as the home base for the first day of decorating.

Around town, volunteers worked hard, sprucing up homes, trees, businesses and public spaces.

Cindy Brewer, former organizer of Dresden’s Terry Fox Run, said setting goals and achieving them is what the city is all about.

“We’re not competing with commercial Christmas attractions,” Brewer said. “It’s a local personal event.”

2021 will also see the return of the hugely popular Dresden Night Market on November 27, put on ice due to COVID-19. Additionally, a stationary Santa Claus parade will take place on December 11 and the second Neighborhood Cup competition, where neighborhoods compete to see who has the best decorations, will also take place.

For more information or to volunteer, visit https://dresden.ca/.


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