The seventh - annual lighting ceremony will feature free hot chocolate and a visit from Santa!

The Town of Erath and the Erath 4th of July Association presents the 7th Annual Lighting of the Christmas Lights tonight at 6 p.m. in front of Erath City Hall.

Santa Claus will stop by for photos and hot chocolate will be provided by Champagne's Supermarket. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

The town encourages everyone attending the lighting to bring can goods or non-perishable food to help with a food drive for needy families in the community.