DAMASCUS, Ohio (WKBN) — For over a decade, Light up Damascus has been providing holiday cheer to the Valley.

The event is more than just a tree lighting, but an all-day affair. It started early at 7 a.m. with a breakfast hosted by the Damascus Park.

Throughout the day, there were family friendly activities planned leading up to the main event. For event organizer Roger Smith, the tree lighting holds a special place in his heart.

It is a moment every year he gets to honor his late son, who had cerebral palsy.

“He just loved Christmas lights and he’d just scream and holler and just, you know, move all over the place. So when after he passed, you know, we thought about, well let’s see if we can get something going here in Damascus, and we did,” he said.

There are three trees. The one in the center is the memory and honor tree. The star on top is lit in honor of Smith’s son.

The other two trees beside it are decorated by the local elementary schools.

Smith said a lot of people in the community come together to put the event on each year. He hopes the tradition will continue.

You can find a full list of events and more information on Light Up Damascus’ Facebook page.