Lighting up the night

On Dec. 8, parents and children gather around to see the annual tree lighting in the City Hall parking lot. Students from different schools, ranging from elementary to high school, performed Christmas carols.

Celine Spence, Public Relations

On Monday, Dec. 8, the City of Downey came together to celebrate the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Civic Center outside of Downey City Hall.


The event was free and featured entertainment by local community groups, food, refreshments, a snow play area, arts, crafts, and photos with Santa Claus.


Proceeds from the food and refreshments sold by the Downey Rose Float Association will go towards this year’s Downey Rose Float entry that will participate in the annual Rose Parade.


The actual lighting of the tree took place at approximately 6:30 p.m.


“The tree lighting was awesome,” senior Priscila Coronado said. “It was nice coming together as a community and celebrating the holidays.”


The event was welcoming for all ages to participate in and celebrate however they pleased. Real snow was set up for children to play in and experience a winter wonderland in their very own city; choirs from local elementary schools performed, and Santa even made an appearance.


“I enjoyed watching the tree lighting,” 6 year old Andres Acevedo said. “My favorite part was meeting Santa.”


Booths were set up serving hot chocolate, candy canes, and gift bags to advertise their businesses.


In order for the event to run smoothly, numerous volunteers were needed. Downey Alumni, Ada Hernandez, 19, volunteered at the event.


“The best part I would have to say is the actual lighting of the tree and the countdown,” Hernandez said. “HEearing everyone get involved in the countdown is great because we see how many people are involved and care about our wonderful City of Downey.”


Although people may have different views on Christmas, the Tree Lighting was the perfect time for the community to celebrate the season of joy and laughter together and celebrate as a united City of Downey.