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Photos: Tree lighting event in Copper Cliff

Popular community festive event returns after COVID hiatus

The Copper Cliff community showed up in force Dec. 4 for the eighth annual Copper Cliff Tree Lighting, the first since 2019, before the pandemic began.

The festive event in front of the Copper Cliff Museum included refreshments such as hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies, games, speeches by dignitaries and a visit from Santa Claus, and, of course, the tree-lighting itself.

It was also a charitable event, with non-perishable food being collected for the Sudbury Food Bank.

Copper Cliff Community Action Network (CAN) chair Sean Hattie said it’s really just an excuse for the community to get together, “because we don’t do that enough,” as well as to support the food bank.

Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini was in attendance, giving a short speech for the crowd before the tree was lit. 

“The great thing about having an event like this is, a lot of times we don't get a chance to see everybody, and here's a chance,” he told

Heidi Ulrichsen is’s associate content editor. She also covers education and the arts scene.