Lighting Up the Niles Train Depot

By: WNDU Studios Email
By: WNDU Studios Email

Santa decided to make another stop in Michiana on Saturday.

He came to Niles, Michigan to see the train depot set all aglow.

Several hundred people turned out for this year's hometown christmas celebration, to see the Christmas lights turned on, and to visit with Santa.

Niles has hosted the event for twenty years now, every year since 1991 when the train depot first had it's name in lights

Sally Hanson explains the history behind the lights:

"In 1991, there was a movie shot here, 'Only the Lonely' and they left the christmas lights here. in 1991, the 4 flags garden club decided to start a fund to keep the lights burning, and they keep the lights on and light them every year at christmas."

The event was originally a fundraiser for the train depot, since it had to be re-wired to keep using the lights every year. Now, the lights are more efficient L-E-Ds.

Some of the Miss Buchanan contestants were on hand before their pageant tonight.

Santa and Mrs. Claus even came bearing gifts - a pair of round-trip tickets to chicago for one lucky winner, courtesy of Amtrak.

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