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Article updated: 11/29/2013 10:32 PM

Arlington Heights' holiday lights spring to life

Having their picture taken by the Arlington Heights Christmas tree is a tradition for Dave Bixby and daughters, Ania, 6, and Karen, 9, of Arlington Heights.

Having their picture taken by the Arlington Heights Christmas tree is a tradition for Dave Bixby and daughters, Ania, 6, and Karen, 9, of Arlington Heights.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Dani Gresham of Inverness holds grandson Justin Mobley of Palatine as they wait for the lights to shine Friday at the annual tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park in Arlington Heights.

Dani Gresham of Inverness holds grandson Justin Mobley of Palatine as they wait for the lights to shine Friday at the annual tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park in Arlington Heights.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Madeleine Brown, 18, and her brother Theo, 13, of Arlington Heights get above the massive crowd at Friday night’s annual tree-lighting ceremony in Arlington Heights.

Madeleine Brown, 18, and her brother Theo, 13, of Arlington Heights get above the massive crowd at Friday night's annual tree-lighting ceremony in Arlington Heights.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, pictured with John and Editha Riesterer and twins Jeffery and Jessica, 7, throws the switch to make the holiday lights shine Friday night in North School Park.

Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, pictured with John and Editha Riesterer and twins Jeffery and Jessica, 7, throws the switch to make the holiday lights shine Friday night in North School Park.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report

North School Park in Arlington Heights sprang merrily to life Friday afternoon, as tens of thousands of twinkling lights marked the start of the holiday season.

Bundled up against the cold, families gathered in the park to take part in the traditional celebration, watching as Mayor Tom Hayes presided over his first village tree lighting.

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The Arlington Heights Park District's lighted toy display fills the park, and the downtown's tree-lined streets are lit with twinkling white lights.

This year the Special Events Commission added food trucks to the event, so as they listened to carolers, residents munched on kettle corn, hot chocolate and other treats.

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