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Regina lights up downtown with 20th annual lights ceremony at City Hall

City Hall is officially ready for the holidays, with the official lighting ceremony taking place earlier tonight.

REGINA — Regina residents braved the bitter cold on Tuesday night to gather on the doorstep of City Hall to witness the official lighting ceremony 

The 20th annual Light the Lights ceremony welcomed people to an outdoor event in the courtyard, to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

Mayor Sandra Masters offered a few words prior to City Hall’s lights going on, including that city council was adamant the annual event go on this year despite the building being closed to the public.

“Our city council wants to celebrate winter, and we thought this was a great opening to the Christmas and holiday season,” said Masters.

In addition to cheering as festive lights lit up the downtown building, residents were also welcome to enjoy some musical entertainment, including groups of Highland and Indigenous dancers, 

Free horse and carriage rides also took passengers on a jaunt around the block, and Santa himself even made an appearance.

The opportunity for perfect winter photos was also on display, with a series of elaborate ice sculptures located around City Hall.