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Lynn brought in the holidays with its annual tree lightning Tuesday night

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Shawna and Sohpia Mullen watche the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Santa, Jay Richards, Zayden Barr, and Mrs. Clause, Michelle Robbins at the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. The Christmas tree on Lynn Common moments after being lit.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Michelle Robbins as Mrs. Claus has her picture taken infront of the Chistmas tree on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. The Christmas tree on Lynn Common after being lit

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Kit Dunn directs the Lynn Classical High School Concert Choir during the tree lighting ceremonies on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Claire LeBrasseur was very cold as whe watched the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Jorge Ibanez gives a high five to the members of the Lynn English High School chorus & concert band after they performed at the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Kit Dunn directs the Concert Choir from Lynn Classical High School at the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Mayor Thomas McGee talks with Jay Richards as Santa at the tree lighting on Lynn Common. Behind him is Mrs. Clause played by Michelle Robbins.

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Michelle Robbins and Jay Richards arrive at Lynn Common for the annual Christmas tree lighting

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Lynn, Ma. 12-4-18. Jorge Ibanez direct the Lynn English Chorus and concert choir at the tree lighting on Lynn Common.

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LYNN — It felt a lot like Christmas as Santa and Mrs. Claus joined in on caroling during the city’s annual tree lighting Tuesday night.

Residents and city officials braved the cold to partake in Lynn’s holiday tradition. Students from Lynn English and Lynn Classical serenaded the small crowd with classic Christmas carols, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on a vintage, lit-up John’s Oil Truck, and everyone cheered as the common’s massive Christmas tree debuted its lights.

“It’s cold but this is definitely in season,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee to the crowd. “I want to welcome you all and bring greetings to the city. I also want to thank members of the DPW for really doing a lot in this cold weather to make sure our city is ready for the holidays.”

Jorge Ibanez conducted Lynn English’s chorus and concert choir while Kathleen Dunn did the same for Lynn Classical’s concert choir. Residents echoed their words as they followed along to the lyrics of each of the Christmas carols. The Claus’ arrived just in time to countdown the launch of the tree lighting.

Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler was in awe after his first official tree lighting in his new position.

“My heart is full,” he said. “Look at all these people who braved the cold to come together tonight. I mean, that is what the holidays are all about.”

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