Region lights up for the holidays

Communities throughout the Tri-State Area will take on that special glow that comes with the Christmas season during light-up night events.

Weirton opened the festivities Sunday, when its community Christmas tree was lit. The event included the unveiling of a commemorative tree ornament, which celebrates the city’s 70th anniversary.

The holiday spirit will continue to be felt Tuesday in Steubenville and Toronto.

Nutcracker magic will return to Historic Fort Steuben Park Tuesday. The city’s Advent Market will open at 3 p.m., with the Steubenville Lights Up the Night Event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Area residents will have the chance to see this year’s expanded Nutcracker Village, there will be free treats for children and Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit, all leading up to 6:30 p.m., when Mayor Domenick Mucci will officially light the city’s Christmas tree.

Also at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Toronto’s annual light-up event will take place at the city’s gazebo. Presented by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, the event will help members of the community — proceeds from the sale of luminaria will benefit the home heating assistance program of the Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army.

Mingo Junction, meanwhile, will light up at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in front of the Municipal Building, and Follansbee will hold its annual light-up ceremony in early December.

Light-up nights help to create a sense of joy and anticipation. They bring members from all parts of our communities together to celebrate and enjoy a festive evening of camaraderie.

We hope you will participate in the festivities and help our region to shine.