It wasn’t really the tree lighting everyone was waiting for Saturday evening in Snoqualmie’s Railroad Park, but the big guy coming to light it.
That turned out to be a good thing, since the tree, beautifully lit just before Santa’s arrival on a Snoqualmie Fire truck, seemed to be having technical issues.
Instead of lighting up at the end of the countdown, on cue, the tree lights flickered and dimmed for a minute or so, to the cheers, groans, and overall amusement of the crowd, then finally burned brightly.
The minor, but entertaining problem was caused by a timer and speaker miscommunication, city staff said.
Santa set up shop in the Railroad Park gazebo to meet dozens of waiting children, and to pose for photos.
By then, it was time for many families, worn out from a turn on the skating rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, and jostling for a spot to see and hear the elementary school choirs perform, to go home, or head for the cover of Railroad Park, for some holiday music, plus a sing-along, with the Sno Valley Winds.