Cochrane Light Up glows brighter and brighter every year.
This year's crowd was estimated at around 15,000 people and attracting visitors from all over Cochrane and surrounding area.
Twenty businesses cooked up 12,000 gourmet hotdogs and served up roughly the same amount in hot chocolate. Stephenie Shelstad, Co- Chair, says the businesses really brought their 'A' game to Historic Main.
"The fire pots really kicked it up a notch this year, it was amazing all the creations they came up with for hot dog toppings and hot chocolate toppings for that matter. The spirit was huge and a lot of pots dressed in theme and there was a fierce competition for our trophies of Top Dog and Most Spirited pot; with Spray Lakes taking the Top Dog trophy and Town of Cochrane taking the Most Spirited."
As far as entertainment there were many highlights; Stoney Mini Thni dancers captivated a large audience with their traditional and jingle dancers, as did Hoop Di Do's fire show, Kelly Davies of Cold Creative and Brian Widahl of Widahl Woodcraft came together for a one of a kind ice/wood masterpiece that remains under the gazebo, interactive stilt walkers from Green Fools amused audiences with the Grinch's 'Who-Hating' attitude and lovable demeanor of Cindy Loo Who, only for the night to be capped off by a musical fireworks show by Globalfest.
Business owners on Historic Main Street were also equally impressed; owners such as Karrie Peace of Heavenly Outhouse noted her sales more than doubled, which is huge for the economic times.
The Cochrane Visitor Centre remained open until 8 and had roughly 400 people in to use facilities, warm their toes, and chat.
Christmas season has officially been kicked off in the Town of Cochrane.
Up next for the Light Up committee is the Holiday Parade of Lights on December 10, 6-7 pm on Historic Main Street.