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Photos: Hundreds gather for Anchorage’s annual holiday tree lighting downtown

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The Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting event helped kick off the holiday season in downtown Anchorage on Saturday night.

Hundreds gathered to watch Santa Claus light the tree, with help from Mayor Dave Bronson and Harper Wigren, an 8-year-old child chosen from the crowd.

People sipped hot chocolate, watched dance and musical performances and took photographs with Santa Claus and reindeer. See more photos below.

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november, winter, downtown, christmas tree lighting, santa claus, anchorage Downtown Partnership
november, winter, downtown, christmas tree lighting, santa claus, anchorage Downtown Partnership
november, winter, downtown, christmas tree lighting, santa claus, anchorage Downtown Partnership
november, winter, downtown, christmas tree lighting, santa claus, anchorage Downtown Partnership
november, winter, downtown, christmas tree lighting, santa claus, anchorage Downtown Partnership

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.

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