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High spirits at Baltimore's annual City Hall tree lighting

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BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Dozens of people took part in the city’s annual tree lighting and open house, in downtown Baltimore Monday.

Western High School Concert Choir kicked off the festivities outside City Hall.

Mayor Catherine Pugh then took the stage and led the people in a countdown for the lighting of the tree. The crowd cheered as the lights were turned on, reflecting off of the ornaments. The tree was shining as bright as the smiles in the crowd.

People then filtered inside City Hall to continue the fun.

There was musical entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, as well as tour City Hall.

“It was something positive to do with the community, so I figured, why not bring him out here?” said Tina Griffin, holding her 3-year-old son. “There is so much negativity going on. Why not just do something refreshing and positive?”

The event lasted until 8 p.m.

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