So many of our wonderful community friends and neighbors gathered downtown Otsego for an evening filled with holiday cheer! The Otsego Meistersingers performed two classic holiday songs as the crowd gathered around the tree. The honor of lighting the tree went to our service men and women, recently serving and currently home. As the tree was lit, the entire crowd erupted with applause and a smile was on every face. The attendees and the Otsego choir then sang Christmas carols. Many of the downtown businesses were open for business and provided hot drinks and even cookies! The entire town then assembled along the main street as they waited for the parade to begin. Children collected candy from the floats and we all were wowed by the participation of local businesses and organizations. Santa was atop the final float as the parade ended. Children were able to visit with Santa at the former Hinkle’s Bakery Shop downtown. After the children told Santa about their requests for the holiday season, they got their faces painted by local teen volunteers. Musical performances filled the air at the local Fire Hall. The town then prepared for the big finale of the evening… the lantern launch! Five hundred colorful lanterns filled the evening sky. The Otsego Main Street and The Otsego Chamber of Commerce presented this wonderful event for the town of Otsego.