Coral Gables

Photos: Tree lighting ceremony in Coral Gables

The Village of Merrick Park kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony and festival on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, in Coral Gables. More than 1000 people attended the event, which opened with holiday songs by the Coral Gables High School Choir as well as juggling elves and toy soldiers on stilts who brought candy and smiles to delighted children.

Other activities included sugar cookie decorating provided by Whole Foods Market, arts and crafts by Gymboree Play and Music, and a chance to meet Santa Clause. But the main attraction was the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree powered by 55,000 LED bulbs.