Santa brings cheer to socially distanced Palatine tree lighting

  • Santa gives a socially distanced wave to onlookers at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine.

      Santa gives a socially distanced wave to onlookers at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lindsay Wyllie of Palatine takes a photo of Santa as she holds her daughter Jaylynn, 3, at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine.

      Lindsay Wyllie of Palatine takes a photo of Santa as she holds her daughter Jaylynn, 3, at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Santa gives a socially distanced wave to onlookers at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine.

      Santa gives a socially distanced wave to onlookers at the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Palatine police and fire departments deliver Santa to the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine.

      The Palatine police and fire departments deliver Santa to the holiday tree lighting event near the intersection of Slade and Greeley streets Saturday in Palatine. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/21/2020 6:46 PM

It may not have been quite like tree lightings of yore where people huddle for warmth and drink hot chocolate while singing carols, but the "park and watch" holiday tree lighting Saturday in Palatine nevertheless brought glad tidings of the season.

And with the possible gift of a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, perhaps those twinkling lights hold the promise of brighter times to come.

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