City of Columbus hosts annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The City of Columbus hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Monday night.

The event is put on every year by Columbus Main Street, but this year looked a little different.

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Spectators were asked to log into the event’s Facebook Live broadcast.

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith was joined by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch for the lighting.

After the show, children were allowed to take part in a Q and A session with Santa over the Livestream.

Mayor Robert Smith said it was important to go on with the ceremony, despite not having a large in-person crowd.

“It’s very important to do the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Tomorrow is December 1st and today is the last day in the month of November, we just finished with Thanksgiving, so what better way to start of the Christmas celebration than the lighting of the Christmas tree,” said Smith.

The tree lighting ceremony took place from 6 to about 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus River Walk.