The holiday season officially started with a countdown Tuesday night.
At zero, Mayor Robert Garcia flipped the switch to light up Long Beach’s tallest Christmas tree on the Terrace Plaza at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in a ceremony hosted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The 50-foot tree has more than 60,000 colorful LED bulbs. And the kick-off party included performances by local musical and dance groups, a fireworks show set to music, laser lighting effects, the dancing waters of the new Terrace Fountain, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a giant snow globe selfie station, two electric kiddy trains circling the Rainbow Bridge and thousands of free light-up wearables for the kids.
Now in its fourth year, the official tree lighting has brought in thousands of Long Beach residents and visitors for an evening of fun and holiday entertainment.
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