More than 100 Lebanon locals gathered Friday night for Lebanon’s 2023 annual tree-lighting ceremony.

A brass band performed holiday tunes while the audience awaited the big event.

The ceremony, hosted by the Community of Lebanon Association, drew young and old alike.

It was held at the intersection of 9th and Cumberland streets, with the crowd gathered in the Farmers Market parking lot.

Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello announced that Mrs. Claus would be arriving in a fire truck, and the crowd ushered her in with a spirited rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Kids lined up to ask Mrs. Claus their questions, and were each rewarded with a piece of candy.

Mayor Sherry Capello helped kids ask Mrs. Claus questions Friday.

Before the ceremony, community leaders and residents joined together in a few more carols.

Vin Garcia of Garcia Garman and Shea, the sponsor of the event, spoke about its importance to the community.

“Our vision at community of Lebanon Association is for the community of Lebanon to be a thriving place to live, work, shop, and do business,” said Garcia. “We want to celebrate all of Lebanon for being here.

“Please enjoy this gift from all of us to all of you.”

At around 6:40 p.m. Mayor Capello began the holiday season in earnest by flicking a giant switch to light Lebanon’s Christmas tree.

Sherry Capello, Mrs. Claus, and Vin Garcia stand by the light switch.

“The city of Lebanon wishes you a happy holidays, happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas,” said Capello.

Read More: [Photo Story] 2023 Holiday Parade marches through Lebanon

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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