Technical difficulties didn't damper spirits at annual tree lighting

Leonardtown, MD- The holiday season kicked off in historic Leonardtown Friday, Nov. 25 with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in the town square.

Thousands packed the square to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. You could find smiles on the faces of children young and old as they crowded in for the yearly event, which included pony rides, train rides, fire truck rides, face painting, a live nativity and plenty of food and drinks.

The main event, of course, was Santa Claus’ grand entrance aboard his sleigh as he made his way around the square to the delight of children excited to see the big man in red.

The lighting of the Christmas tree did include some technical difficulties. Santa tried not once, not twice, but three times to light the grand tannebaum. The third time was the charm and the tree finally shimmered in all its glory with an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

After the tree lighting, a line formed quickly for kids eager to have a personal visit with the jolly old elf. For those who opted to not wait in line, the festivities continued with more music and entertainment in the square.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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