City of Lancaster Illuminates the Holiday Season with Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Last night, the City of Lancaster hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with members of the Living Faith Cathedral Choir and a visit from Santa Claus himself. For the third year, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies helped Santa deliver special gifts to a number of deserving boys and girls from throughout the community.
“All too often we get caught up in hustle and bustle of the holiday season -- forgetting about its true meaning,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Now, more than ever it is important to remember to slow down, remind ourselves of all our blessings in life, and give to those less fortunate. This Christmas, give the gift of love and kindness – I promise it will be the greatest gift you’ve ever given or received.”
During the ceremony, 17 lucky children were surprised with the gift of a new bicycle, presented to them by local Sheriff’s deputies and Santa Claus. These gifts represent just a small portion of a much larger bicycle giveaway taking place throughout the Lancaster community. This larger giveaway is being coordinated by the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters, Wal-Mart, and Grace Chapel, with hundreds of bicycles being donated to local children during this year’s holiday season. Following the bicycle presentation, the children joined Santa and City officials to light the Christmas tree. Dedicated to the City of Lancaster on February 14, 1986, City Hall’s Christmas tree serves as a reminder of the community’s strength and unity.
“Nothing is better than seeing a smile on a child’s face, especially at Christmastime,” added Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “We thank our partners who have made this year’s bicycle giveaway possible -- not only for bringing Christmas cheer to children throughout the Antelope Valley this season -- but for all they do year-round to ensure our safety and the vitality of our community.”