Orlando lights up official Christmas tree

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:01:09 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 06 2013 07:45:48 PM EST

Orlando officially kicked off the holiday season on Friday with its annual "Holiday Lights Orlando" celebration.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

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.

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