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December 5, 2017 > 30th Anniversary tree lighting in Milpitas

30th Anniversary tree lighting in Milpitas

By Rhoda J. Shapiro

MilpitasÕ 30th anniversary Tree Lighting took place Friday, December 1. Despite cold weather, people came out in droves to witness singing and dancing performances, followed by an onstage countdown to the tree lighting at Milpitas City Hall.

As holiday music filled the air, dancers from JensenÕs School of Performing Arts graced the stage with their well-choreographed movements. Children from Center Stage Performing Arts and members of the St. John the Baptist Church Choir performed.

Silent Night and other holiday tunes drifted through the air, courtesy of Milpitas Community Concert Band, balloon artists took requests from a long line of children, twisting balloons into snowmen and other animal shapes. Dave & BusterÕs hosted several fire pits at a S'mores Roasting area. Awestruck children laughed and held their hands up as snow (artificial) continuously fell. The entire plaza was ablaze in lights and holiday decorations; even Santa Claus stopped in for a visit.

ÒNow it really feels like Christmas,Ó one Milpitas resident, a mother of two youngsters said as she watched the delight on her childrenÕs faces.

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