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Charlottesville Kicks Off Holidays with Grand Illumination - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Charlottesville Kicks Off Holidays with Grand Illumination

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The holiday season has officially kicked off in Charlottesville. Things are merry and bright on the downtown mall thanks to the grand illumination.

Thousands packed the downtown mall Friday night counting down to watch the lights brighten up the holiday tree. The donated tree is about 35 feet tall and is covered with more than 15,000 lights.

There was caroling and tons of activities to keep kids busy until the magical moment.

"I was feeling as if I were walking down Winter Wonderland Street," said Max Hollis, who went to the illumination.

Santa even made a surprise appearance.

The tree will stay lit on the downtown mall for the entire hoilday season.

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