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The holidays have officially begun with the lighting of the Christmas trees in Lake Oswego last Friday. Enjoy the season!

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - From right, Lynne Bacon, Grace and William Espinoza sing along with members of the Lake Oswego High School choir at Fridays tree lighting event.

The weather outside was far from frightful on Friday as people gathered for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event which began with the lighting of the giant Sequoia at Bigelow Plaza, then moved down to Millennium Plaza Park for the lighting of the Millennium Tree. Holiday spirits were high as hundreds of people enjoyed the sights, sounds and sweet tastes of the season.

City Councilor Jackie Manz threw the switch to light the tree in Bigelow Plaza, and Santa riding in a fire truck led the way to Millennium Plaza. High school choirs performed at both parks, and the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band played at Millennium Plaza Park.

Warm beverages, cookies and popcorn were served to keep the chill at bay.

The mild weather allowed all to enjoy the festivities.

The annual tree lighting is hosted by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego City Councilor Jackie Manz leads the count down to light the tree.

Members of Lakeridge High Schools Company perform to the crowd at Millennium Plaza Park.

Grace Tenneson watches as her husband, Santa, visits with the kids.

Santa has fun visiting with Sullivan Fillmore.

Stuart Worley performs holiday classics with the Millennium Concert Band.

Lake Oswego High School choir members Julia Wolf, left, and Sophie Weigel enjoy performing to the crowd at the Bigelow Plaza tree lighting.

Denise Bray and her grandson Owen Neihart watch as the Millennium Plaza Park tree is lit.

Lakeridge Company members , from left, Sarah Deyoung, Anne Wasman and Alex Lyon perform carols for the crowd at Millenium Plaza Park.

Sean OConnor visits with Santa on gives him his wish list.

West Linn will hold it's annual tree lighting Friday, Dec. 1 at City Hall, located at 22500 Salamo Road in West Linn.

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