Winter weather arrives just in time for Light Up Appleton

Appleton residents attend "Light Up Appleton" on College Avenue on November 9, 2018. (WLUK/Benjamin Krumholz)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Just in case Christmas lights and decorations weren't enough, winter weather arrived in the nick of time for Light Up Appleton.

“Well we have a very festive winter kickoff with a little snow but it's been a little chilly, but very fun,” said Christina Turner, the president of the Trout Museum.

This year, the annual event on College Avenue included carriage rides, caroling, and lots of cocoa.

“This is our third time coming,” said Danielle Franzke of Appleton. “We absolutely love it. It's a good way to get the community together, get the Christmas spirit started and it's just a great opportunity.”

With the first day that actually feels like winter, many people enjoyed the inside activities of the Trout Museum, including visits with Mrs. Claus.

“You usually don't get to see her a lot,” said Logan Franzke, a 10-year-old from Appleton. “It's usually Santa and this time it's her.”

Any messages for the big guy, however, were still able to be coordinated through a letter writing station.

“I want an Xbox, a phone, a new Rubik’s cube, a drone, remote control cars, that's about it,” said Franzke.

Those who stayed outside were able to walk down College Avenue to check out decorated storefronts. Some stores included student artwork with the theme of "Home for the Holidays."

“I just wanted to kind of salute all of the veterans who can't be home with their families this Christmas,” said Hope Tower, a student with artwork inside the window of Josephine’s Shoes.

The night capped off with the lighting of Houdini Plaza's Christmas tree.

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