Christmas by the River officially opens


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Hundreds flocked to the riverfront in Brandenburg on Saturday night for the grand opening of the annual Christmas by the River display.

Christmas by the River has been a tradition in Brandenburg for more than 20 years. However, due to COVID-19, things looked a little different this year. In years past, visitors have been able to enjoy events such as a horse-drawn sleigh, an iceless skating rink, inflatables, cookie decoration, and others. Those were not possible this year. That didn’t stop folks from coming out on Saturday night.

The parking lot by the boat docks was full by 6 p.m. A loud countdown was chanted, and when it reached zero, the displays were turned on and the fireworks display began. Children and adults got out of their cars so that they could better see the fireworks.

After the fireworks, there was still a long line of vehicles making their way through the displays, which lined the riverfront from the monument to the boat docks. Children hung their heads out of car windows and smiled with glee.

Christmas by the River is open until Jan. 1, so be sure to pencil in a night to give it a visit – it truly is a sight to behold. Don’t forget the donation box at the end of the route, as this money goes toward making the event bigger and better each year.

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