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Temecula Christmas Tree Lighting a Tradition For Many

The 60-foot Christmas tree at Temecula Duck Pond was lit Thursday for the first time this season.

The city of Temecula's 15th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Thursday had hundreds of residents laughing and singing in the glow of a 60-foot tree.

Held at the Temecula Duck Pond, caroling by Temecula Valley Children's Chorus, guest speakers and a visit from Santa Claus made the night festive.

The city prepared 350 hot dogs, gift bags and refreshments for revelers. Nearby Pat & Oscar's Restaurant also provided free bread sticks to many of the crowd.

“We really wanted this to be a community event where you could bring your family, enjoy one another and celebrate the holiday,” said Gail Zigler, senior coordinator of events for the city.

Zigler has coordinated the event since its inception 15 years ago, with the goal of providing a tradition for families within the community.

The turnout Thursday made it evident many have embraced the annual event.

The Payne family has made the ceremony a tradition. Mary Payne brought her son Trevor, 16, to see the tree. 

“It’s my favorite part,” said Trevor, as the lights were switched on to mark the start of the city's 2012 holiday season.

For information on other city of Temecula holiday events, such as Santa's Electric Light Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, click here.

Adrian December 07, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Where are the usual suspects? I am shocked and encouraged by the absence of the Christian chest-puffers, spewing dominionistic hyperbole on this one.
Galactic Cannibal December 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Temecula has a population 100,000 , but at this Xmas tree switch-on the city prepared 350 hot dogs and refreshments for revelers. Did all the 350 hot dogs get eaten.by 350 people.? This may indicate that less than 0.35% of Temecula's population came to eat the dogs, and revel in the Xmas tree switch-on. Now had the "wishy washy " City officials offered a big fat spliff (BFS) to revelers , Far more that 350 people would show up, Probably many thousands. And their voices would be heard in Murrieta as they sang Xmas carols and puffed their BFS's . So next year, not to be outdone . Murrieta would compete and their resident's choir would out-sing the Temecula choir, and all would be laughing as they puff their BFS's. And to be extra friendly give all the DB Cops attending a BFS to chill -out. One more thing after the carol singing each City's choir would do the "Gangnam Style" dance. Wooppeeee OH...What fun it was to ride on a one horse open sleigh with a BFS in Temecula and Murrieta. and dance Gangnam style Could be the start of something big, even world wide...
Cik Bast December 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Absence? The Christians are all the wonderful people and children involved with and enjoying the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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