The holidays are behind us, but the Holiday Avenue Project (HAP) is doing its best to keep spirits in Portage la Prairie bright.

Secretary Heather Graham says that while the holiday season is always a busy time for them, they felt a little more organized decorating the road dividers this year, partially due to the weather cooperating.

"This year, we just focused on the main core on Saskatchewan Avenue on either side of City Hall. That was the suggestion the council had made," explains Graham. "We did about 13 pots along there and we'll expand further next year."

She also wanted to recognize that businesses were also joining in on the fun, putting decorations in their storefront to add to the hallmark feeling in the city.

Graham notes that she's most proud of the lighting along the causeway, which brightened up an area that can sometimes be a little too dark. She says they were able to pay for the new decorations thanks to the Garden Tours that were held in the summer.

"(Going forward) the Christmas displays will come out and we'll be decorating for Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day," shares Graham. "Once St. Patrick's Day is over with, everything is cleaned up, then the city takes over in the spring."

Graham wants to thank any volunteers who spent time making HAP's job easier.

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