More than 100 braved the chilly temperatures and attended the Nov. 26 tree lighting ceremony at the Englewood Civic Center.
Mayor Randy Penn presided at the ceremonies and kept it short because of the weather. He made brief announcements and then got help from his granddaughter Madolyn Walcott and his grandson Bryce Penn to throw the switch, turning on 20,000 lights on the 30-foot tall tree.
The newly lighted tree is the centerpiece of the city holiday decorations and is surrounded with a circle of trees decorated with strings of lights. Also, the globes of the streetlights headed east on Englewood Parkway are red and all the evergreens around the civic center are draped with colored lights.
The display will remain lit through the holidays.