Community members bundled up and headed to Fountain Square on Saturday evening to watch mayor Daniel Biss lead the Christmas tree lighting at the city’s annual Holiday Light Celebration.
The event, hosted by Downtown Evanston, began at 5 and ended around 7:30 p.m. The night’s festivities included performances by the Evanston Children’s Choir, Northwestern a cappella group Purple Haze and circus artists from the Actor’s Gymnasium. Colectivo coffee provided warm cocoa.
Biss took the podium to speak about the importance of shopping local. He encouraged community members to consider buying their Christmas gifts from local businesses.
Santa Claus, who traveled all the way from the North Pole, led a Christmas sing-along before Biss invited several eager children to help him switch on the lights of the large Christmas tree standing in Fountain Square.
“My heart is full seeing so many people here,” Biss said to the crowd.