The holidays have officially started in Baltimore County.
On Saturday night, local officials including County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Councilman David Marks and state Senator Jim Brochin and state Delegate Steve Lafferty joined county residents to celebrate the annual lighting of the county Christmas tree at Olympian Park in Towson.
The ceremony featured performances by the Anna Apicella School of Dance, the Perry Hall Middle School eighth grade choir and the Chapel Hill Music Sensations.
Following the lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to Towson via fire engine and later greeted children at his workshop, located at 1 E. Joppa Road.
Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, which helped organize the event, said approximately 500 people attended the ceremony.
"It was a wonderful evening, and we had a great turnout," she said.
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