Martin C. Barry
Grande Côte Road in Rosemère was aglow with the magic of the Christmas season on the evening of Friday Dec. 6 as hundreds of residents – including many families with children – came out to take part in the town’s annual Christmas Torchlight Walk.
The colorful procession was the beginning a weekend-long schedule of Christmas events sponsored by the Town of Rosemère along with a few local businesses.
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In keeping with tradition, torches were handed out to cheerful revelers in the train station parking lot for the torchlight parade to Memorial Community Centre.
Among the local elected officials who braved the chilly air to take part were Rosemère mayor Eric Westram, as well as councillors René Villeneuve, Hélène Akzam, Philip Panet-Raymond and Melissa Monk.
The walkers were accompanied by a float featuring Santa Claus and the Snow Queen from the Frozen movie. All paraded along Grande-Côte to the Community Centre where music, dancing and entertainment continued until 9 p.m.
The Torch Walk was followed by a Christmas Market at the community centre, where dozens of crafts workers presented their locally-made products. The festivities were organized in partnership with Place Rosemère, the Aile des gens d’affaires de Rosemère and Jeunesse Action Rosemère.
Other activities for the rest of the weekend included a concert by the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Rosemère (OSJR), a concert by the Rosemère Big Band, a performance on Saturday afternoon at Sainte-Françoise-Cabrini Church by the Petit Chœur de Rosemère, and a performance on Sunday at the church by the Chœur Classique des Basses-Laurentides.