Cochrane Light Up signals the start of the holiday season and is one of this community’s favourite family events.

Light Up is a community and volunteer-driven event running since 1984 that brings 8000 or more visitors to Historic Downtown each year. The event includes free hot chocolate, hot dogs, festive holiday music, live carving demonstration, children’s tent, horse-drawn hayrides, and Santa.

Light Up organizer, Stephenie Shelstad says, “Light Up gets bigger every year and they are always looking for volunteers." 

This year, in particular, Shelstad says they could really use some sports teams to help out. Teams who are looking to do some fundraising can do so by helping out with garbage detail and Light Up will, in turn, donate to the team's cause. They are also looking for volunteers to help with clean-up or tear-down at the end of the evening. 

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Cochrane Light Up welcomes Christmas on Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.