Thousands of Santeeans gathered at Trolley Square Friday night to count down the simultaneous lighting of the huge Christmas tree and all the other city holiday lights around town.
Kids and holiday-loving adults packed the shopping mall quad and amphitheater to dance to the Buoy Brothers, take a carriage ride, "ice" skate, decorate cookies, and of course, take a seat on Santa's lap, at this year's Holiday Lighting Celebration.
Caroling by the Santee Community Chorus and East County Children's Choir rang in the air on the other side of the trolley tracks.
The City of Santee is asking those that attended to answer a short survey.
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