BLACKFOOT — The Snake River Travel Plaza, along with the city of Blackfoot, is excited to announce the Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held on Dec. 3.

This year nominations are being accepted from our community for a Holiday Cheermeister, who will have the honor of lighting the tree during the tree lighting ceremony.

Nomination forms can be filled out online at https://tinyurl.com/treelighting2019 or picked up from the friendly cashiers at the Snake River Travel Plaza.

Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 22 and the Cheermeister will be announced on Nov. 25. When considering nominations, you should think of individuals who are involved in our Blackfoot community and whom you feel embody the spirit of the season.

“Christmas is my favorite time of year, and we are so excited to be able to work with the city to build and grow this event so that it can become a tradition and a memory for all of the community to enjoy,” said owner Jace Katseanes. “We are always looking for ways to get involved, and this seemed like the perfect event to pair with our Santa’s Mailbox that will also be unveiled and open for letters at the tree lighting.”

We are inviting all members of the community to come and enjoy this event. We are asking those who attend to bring Christmas ornaments that they would like to hang on the tree. Local schools will also be crafting ornaments to show off. There will be a free hot cocoa bar and a visit from Santa himself.

Blackfoot Mayor Marc Carroll states, “Tradition is important to any community, especially during the holidays. I am very pleased and excited to continue the annual tree lighting ceremony this year at the Snake River Travel Plaza, and I know it will be very joyous and memorable for everyone who attends.”

This event will also kick off the Snake River Travel Plaza’s Santa Mailbox. Letters with a return address that are dropped in the mailbox by Dec. 18 will receive a personalized letter back from Santa himself.