"I love Christmas, and it's a great time of the year," said one Carlsbad mother, Stephanie Villa, at the 27th annual Carlsbad Holiday Christmas Tree lighting event, on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4 in downtown Carlsbad. She and her husband, Jamy, and their three daughters came to visit Santa and enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer.
Carlsbad Mayor, Matt Hall, officially "lit" the Christmas tree at the Village Faire plaza. The lights were turned on at dusk, following a few hours of entertainment, cookie eating, and craft making. Kids (and their parents) also had a few minutes to meet with Santa Claus, and have their picture taken with him.
Part of the fun and entertainment, were live performances from a few local schools. A Madrigal Chorus from sang carols, as did a childrens choir. Also, the 's performed and they were joined by, the "Junior Lancer Dancers," a group of grade school girls who are learning dance moves from the teenagers.
This yearly event was made possible with help from the . Mayor Hall said, "it's an exciting day for all of us to come together and light the tree – and it's all for the children, and what we do is really for them. It's an opportuntiy for us to give back to our next generation."
The Christmas tree is located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, in the Village Faire shopping plaza.