The city of Edgewood kicked off the Christmas season Sunday with its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Senior Center in Freedom Park.
As soon as the families arrived at the senior center, they sat at tables festooned with balloons all around the center, with coloring projects prepared to keep the kids entertained and celebrate the Christmas season.
The center was decorated like a holiday fairyland, with Edgewood’s traditional moving figures. There are reindeer, as well as Rudolf who nods his head in the windows of a stable, and elves in various stages of preparing for Christmas.
Soon the families were herded outside to the giant fir tree standing just outside the doors in the circle. Elves and volunteers are at the door to give each child a little sparkly fairy dust, which they are advised to hold until Santa himself gives the okay to use the fairy dust to light up the Christmas tree.
Families took shelter from the rain under an awning, while Awtnot the magic elf led the crowd in Christmas carols. Soon the crowd began to hear the strains of sirens, followed by a brightly lit fire truck pulling into the lot.
Mayor John Link was on hand to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and due to the rain, Santa hurried the count down to the moment when all the children threw hundreds of fistfuls of fairy dust into the air to magically light up the tree.
Once everyone was back inside, Awtnot continued to entertain the children with magic tricks.