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Ashland Middle School theater students Elise Totten, 13, left, and Mori Moralis are aglow for the Festival of Light parade Friday in Ashland. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

“Dasher” joins Santa’s contingent of reindeer during the Festival of Light Friday in Ashland. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

Santa, played by Dennis Slattery, heralds the lighting of the lights from a balcony above the Ashland Plaza. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

A crowd awaits the arrival of Santa on a balcony above the Ashland Plaza Friday during the annual Festival of Light. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

Dancers make their way down East Main Street from the Ashland library to the Plaza for Friday’s Festival of Light parade and celebration. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

A crowd reacts as Santa comes into view during the Festival of Light Friday in downtown Ashland. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

The 30th annual Ashland Festival of Light kicked off Friday night in Ashland with the Grand Illumination, following Santa’s arrival at the Plaza. It’s estimated there are more than 1 million lights each year that bathe the downtown in a holiday glow. Other events Friday included musical performances and preparations for a holiday scavenger hunt. For more details, see the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website at ashlandchamber.com.





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