Festival of Lights opens Friday night

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/22/17

A tree lighting ceremony for Jasper’s fourth annual Festival of Lights will be held Friday night.

Local sponsors have decorated 62 trees around the …

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Festival of Lights opens Friday night

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A tree lighting ceremony for Jasper’s fourth annual Festival of Lights will be held Friday night.

Local sponsors have decorated 62 trees around the Walker County Courthouse square for the event.

The festival, which was inspired by Huntsville's Galaxy of Lights, has grown from 46 live Christmas tress in its inaugural year.

It serves as an annual fundraiser for Hope for Women, a year-long, faith-based discipleship program for women with life-controlling issues such as drugs, alcohol and depression.

The funds will be used for food, shelter and curriculum, according to Kristan Stricklin Shaw, executive director of Hope for Women, which is based in Jasper.

“We will also be able to help someone who doesn’t have the intake fee of $50. We try out best to never turn anyone away,” Shaw said.

Friday’s ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with live music. The trees will be lit at 5:30 p.m.

Santa is also expected to be available for photos. There is no cost to attend.

After Friday, the trees will be lit from dusk until midnight through the end of December.