Downtown Raleigh Christmas Tree lighting celebration

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Downtown Raleigh Christmas Tree lighting celebration Saturday night in City Plaza. (WTVD)

Raleigh's Fayetteville Street and City Plaza was filled with the Christmas spirit, as the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration kicked off Saturday evening.

This year's 35-foot Norway spruce tree arrived in City Plaza Monday morning. It is decorated with more than a thousand lights and was lit by Mayor Nancy McFarlane around 7:25 p.m.

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The crowd started gathering at 4 p.m. for this year's celebration which featured a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a 40-foot Snowzilla Slide along with holiday refreshments.

There was even an ABC11 pop-up studio where people got to see what it was like to do weather in front of a green screen.

Downtown Raleigh Alliance produces the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration and ABC 11 Together is a proud sponsor.

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