Crowd shows up for Mayfield tree-lighting event

MAYFIELD – Children bundled up in snowsuits rode on horse-drawn sleighs, sat on Santa’s lap and nibbled on Christmas cookies Saturday at the Mayfield Fire Department for the town’s annual Christmas tree-lighting event.

“I love watching the kids tell Santa what they want each year and watching them grow and seeing how their gifts and ideas of what they want change,” Mayfield Mayor Jamie Ward said at the event.

The Mayfield Community Group has been putting on the celebration for about eight years, Ward said.

The free event offered horse-drawn sleigh rides, a chance to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and refreshments.

Roughly 50 people braved Saturday evening’s snowy weather and joined together to celebrate the holiday season.

Bailey Ward and Jill Chase, members of Mayfield High School’s choir, sang acappella renditions of “Silent Night” and “Dashing Through the Snow” for visitors.

“My favorite part about this whole event is seeing the community come together and seeing that everyone notices how close and together we really are,” Bailey Ward said. “I just love bringing Christmas cheer to people. It’s one of the best parts about this time of year.”

Mayfield Community Group member Linda Hayward, wearing a sparkling green sweater, held her 17-month-old grandson Link Snyder as he happily played with Christmas decorations.

“I love seeing the kids happy; it means a lot,” Hayward said. “We do this for the children; we love seeing their cheerful faces.”

Buddy Kolbe, who played the part of Santa Claus, said he looks forward to this event every year.

“I do this because I love the kids,” Kolbe said. “I love seeing them and the way their eyes shine when they get so excited; I do it for them.”