PHOTOS: Culver City Holiday Tree Lights the Night

Hundreds gathered at the Downtown Culver City Plaza Thursday evening for the annual tree lighting, plus a visit from Santa. Did you take pictures? Upload them here.

Culver City kicked off the holiday season Thursday evening with a tree lighting ceremony in the Downtown town plaza, presented by the City and the Culver City Downtown Business Association.

“This is going to be an ‘ooh and ah’ moment,” Mayor Andy Weissman announced moments before one young attendee flipped the switch, illuminating the 22-foot-tall artificial tree with LED lights.

The Culver City High AVPA Chamber Singers and Linwood E. Howe Elementary Choir, which provided entertainment during the ceremony, continued to perform in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus. Santa arrived at the plaza in a sleigh towed by police escort, courtesy of the Culver City Police Officers’ Association.

Resident Aileen Burgoyne, who walked to the ceremony with neighbors told Patch this was her third time attending the event with her children Nico and Sofi. This year, she said, she knew where to stand to beat the rush to see Santa following the tree lighting.

“It’s really fun for the kids,” Burgoyne said. “It’s the first chance [of the season] to see Santa.”

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