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Photo Gallery: Lansdale's Christmas Tree Lighting

Hundreds of residents packed Railroad Plaza for a glimpse of Saint Nick

Choirs sang holiday jingles and children rehearsed their wish lists as hundreds of borough residents packed on Friday night to see Santa Claus light up Lansdale's Chrismas tree.

"It's a great opportunity to signify the start of the holiday season," said Denton Burnell, who attended with his wife, Mary, and his two children, Nate and Clara.  "Everybody gets to come out, the kids get together and everyone is excited.  We're excited to see it get lit up."

With festive lights already donning the surrounding trees and bushes, local vendors supplied hot dogs and warm drinks to those who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a certain family from the North Pole.

Just as the anticipation had reached its peak, Santa Claus came rolling into town along with Mrs. Claus, two elves and Little Miss Lansdale.

Mayor Andy Szekely greeted the famed visitors, helping them dismount their sleigh and leading them through the crowd.  After waving to the crowd and posing for a few pictures, Santa and Little Miss Lansdale illuminated the tree to a thunderous applause with a few "oohs" and "aahs" thrown in for good measure.

"It's a great way to begin the holiday season with your family," said Matt West, borough council president. "I like to see how proud residents are of our town and the sense of community and holiday spirit.  I also enjoy seeing the pride in our talented and dedicated borough employees who work tirelessly to create a magical holiday experience every year."

Once the lighting ceremony was complete, Santa took a stroll across the street to his home, where a seemingly endless line of children had already formed.

One by one, the kids sat on Saint Nick's lap, asking for everything from clothing and new shoes to video games and televisions.  As they exited, the elves gave each child a coloring book and mini-candy canes.

Mayor Szekely deemed the ceremony a huge success, and was amazed by the turnout.

"I don't think there's anything that brings people out in one location like the lighting of the Christmas Tree," said Szekely.

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