ILWACO — For the second year in a row, the annual lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas tree coincided with a sudden burst of cold, driving rain. But it takes more than wet socks to keep Peninsula residents away from a popular annual tradition, so plenty of locals in weather-proof clothing still came out to enjoy the lighting ceremony and other festivities in the Port of Ilwaco on Saturday, Dec. 3.

As the moment of the tree-lighting approached, the man charged with plugging in the lights on the tree looked a bit nervous. Last year, the rain made the system short out, and at first, the tree wouldn’t light. On top of that, it’s never comforting to be dealing with electricity in the midst of a heavy rain. But this year, the tree lit up on the first try, and the plugger-inner lived to tell the tale.

Emcee Bruce Peterson directed the crowd to enjoy a very brief burst of fireworks, and members of the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band belted out a quick carol. Then, the crowd quickly headed toward Port of Ilwaco businesses, to enjoy warmer, dryer holiday entertainment. Kids met with Santa inside Time Enough Books, the jazz band played under the eaves of Ole Bob’s, and kids enjoyed face-painting and cookies inside of the Purly Shell Fiber arts store.

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