There was snow in the air and Christmas spirit in the hearts of Alba residents as they gathered at the community park Sunday night to light the town Christmas tree.

"I think it's completely gorgeous," said council member Carol Bastion. "They did a great job."

After some singing of "Jingle Bells," a countdown took place prior to the lighting of the tree, under the pavilion at the park.

Then, everyone cheered as the tree was lit and Santa arrived.

The 10-12 foot spruce was provided by Louis Niles of the Whitneyville area, according to Marilyn Palmer.

Baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate were available for the public at the event. The baked goods were homemade by a group of six or seven women, Palmer said.

Clara Woodward made little snowman cupcakes. She used to own the bakery in Canton, the "Sip and Dip," and said the idea for the cupcakes "just came out of my head."

Marilyn Palmer said the event brings the community together to sing carols and enjoy themselves.

Mayor Dale Palmer said the Christmas tree lighting has been held each year for about 15 years.

"It must be a good thing because a lot of communities have come along and started doing it after we did."

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