Citizens Flock To Witness Burbank’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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(Photo by Ross A Benson)

December may have just started (if you ignore all the holiday songs smothering the radio post-Thanksgiving), but there was still time to celebrate Christmas festivities! Burbank City Hall held their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last Saturday, December 2nd. A visit from Saint Nick was imminent as the crowd gathered to see choirs, dancers, and more downtown.

Council Member Nikki Perez acknowledged the grace of the holiday season. “I’m happy to be here at our Tree Lighting Ceremony,” she beamed. “To me, this event is wonderful because it really brings all our families in Burbank some holiday cheer. I’m grateful for every single face I saw out in the crowd of all our families, our friends, and our loved ones coming together. This is Burbank, and I truly think this event is so special every year, and I can’t wait to keep it going!”

Santa arrived via Burbank Fire Department’s Truck 11.

Konstantine Anthony, Mayor of Burbank, agreed as well, saying, “We are here at the holiday tree lighting to celebrate family, community, and the spirit of giving. Three things we do really well in Burbank. Everyone is encouraged to participate in that whole spirit of giving. Talk to your family, talk to your committee members. Say happy holidays, say Merry Christmas. Whatever you feel, spread that cheer.”

Santa himself finally arrived at the event via a fire truck and police escort. Upon lighting the crowd (and the tree, of course) with a rap version of a popular Christmas story, Santa embraced visitors for pictures til 8 PM.

Even the younglings were active in more ways than one. Athena, an adorable student of the dance studio GeneRaTion DCD, stated, “I did Santa Fever, and I did Christmas Now. The thing I love about Christmas is spending time with my family.” If this is an indication of the holiday spirit forecast, then Burbank surely can’t wait.

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