Before a crowd of hundreds, including mayor Dave Butler, Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause, the Village of Leesburg kicked off the 2016 Holiday Season with its 7th-annual Christmas tree lighting.
“The Village of Leesburg has been an outstanding addition to the town,” Butler said. “It’s wonderful to have all the crowds here and all the businesses and the tree is just a great addition. It mean’s a lot.”
The tree features 15,000 lights that flash and change colors in conjunction with holiday music. It’s believed by event creators as the largest-such tree in Northern Virginia.
Leading up the lighting were musical performances, dances and horse-drawn carriage rides.
“The tree lighting really does bring the community together, and having a party and a celebration really puts into perspective what’s important, and that’s every single person who is here celebrating,” said tree lighting emcee Lisa Herndon. “Just the fact that we are in the community together, that makes us family.”
Located in the center of the Village of Leesburg, the tree will be on display through the end of the Holiday Season.