Rain cut the evening short, but it didn’t dampen the cheer at the Longboat Island Chapel on Sunday night.
The garden was lit up like a Christmas tree, or 24 of them to be exact. Christmas in the Garden is a community undertaking. Local families and businesses decorated trees with their own signature styles.
Ornamental tape measures drape the branches of the Longboat Ace Hardware tree, while the Lazy Lobster’s tree is adorned with anchors and buoys.
The chapel members added lights, wreaths and a Whoville kiddie area to kick the Christmas spirit up a notch. Visitors were greeted with a gift bag of goodies and were treated to hot cocoa, sugar cookies and live entertainment.
“There’s nowhere on the island to see lights, and that’s what it’s all about,” Rev. Brock Patterson said. “We live in condos; we can’t hang our own Christmas lights. But we’ve got the property to do something great.”
The garden is open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. through New Year’s Day.