Photos: Mayor Garcia flips the switch at Downtown Christmas tree lighting

Though virtual last year, this year’s seventh annual Christmas tree lighting in Downtown Long Beach was very much an in-person event. Free to the public, it was held at the Terrace Theater Plaza and featured thousands of twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances and food trucks from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fireworks go off during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia speaks during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event was hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event was held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Simulated snow falls into the crowd during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event was held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021.Photo by Stephen Carr.

Alec Woods-Quigley, 8, of Long Beach, is lit up under a Christmas decoration during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Members of the Long Beach Ballet perform a piece from The Nutcracker during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featuring more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event was held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Train rides for kids during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featuring more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Members of the Southern California Brass Consortium perform during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Mila Duckett, 3, of Long Beach, poses for a photo with Santa during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Holliday trees reflect in the fountains during the seventh annual Christmas tree-lighting event, held at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The event was free to the public. The event, hosted by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured more than 150,000 twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, and musical performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Nov. 30, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

 

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