Orlando officially kicked off the holiday season on Friday with its annual "Holiday Lights Orlando" celebration.
The festival was held at Lake Eola beginning at 4 p.m. The headline event — turning on the lights for the official city Christmas tree — took place after 6 p.m.
Local 6 Morning News anchors Matt Austin and Bridgett Ellison and meteorologist Troy Bridges helped Mayor Buddy Dyer turn on the lights.
"Holiday Lights Orlando" also includes a food truck bazaar, a choir performing holiday favorites, a school play by Trinity Lutheran and a "Gifts'n'Goodies" Christmas Village.
Families were also invited to see a free outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Local 6 and ClickOrlando.com broadcasted the Christmas tree lighting live Friday night.