Holiday tree at Fountain Square, 2018. Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

Everyone is invited to celebrate the holiday season at the Downtown Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Fountain Square. Mayor Stephen Hagerty with Santa and Mrs. Claus will light up the live tree at the south end of Fountain Square plaza at 5:30 p.m..

The Evanston Children’s Choir will perform at 5 p.m. followed by a holiday greeting from Mayor Hagerty. Northwestern Purple Haze, an a cappella group, will perform after the tree lighting followed by Chicago Tap Theater and The Actor’s Gymnasium. Afterward, everyone can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and warm up with hot chocolate at The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge at The Merion, 529 Davis St.