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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners Welcome Christmas with 72-Foot Tree Lighting at Lake Eola

ORLANDO, FL (FNN News) – Lake Eola Park’s Walt Disney Amphitheater in Downtown Orlando was filled with eager spectators Friday in the shadow of the towering pine waiting to come alive with 88,000 animated LED lights. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and City Commissioners Patty Sheehan, Tony Ortiz, Robert Stuart, and Regina Hill welcomed the City of Orlando to the Christmas season at 6:00 p.m. Friday by lighting the massive tree. The lights danced in perfect time with several songs, wowing the hundreds of children and families in attendance.

(l-r) Trinity Lutheran Church's Pastor Billy Brath, WKMG News 6's Bridgett Ellison and David Hall, The Salvation Army Orlando's Major Ted Morris, Miss Orlando 2016, IDignity Executive Director Michael Dipity, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer applaud as the Lake Eola tree lights up. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

(l-r) Trinity Lutheran Church’s Pastor Billy Brath, WKMG News 6’s Bridgett Ellison and David Hall, The Salvation Army Orlando’s Major Ted Morris, Miss Orlando 2016, IDignity Executive Director Michael Dipity, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer applaud as the Lake Eola tree lights up. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

The News 6 morning team conducted an onstage interview with the night’s benefiting charity, The Salvation Army of Orlando’s Major Ted Morris, who discussed The Salvation Army’s Angels program: citizens pick an “angel,” a child upon whom to bestow Christmas joy, and bring him or her the ultimate joy of the season with The Salvation Army’s help.

Lake Eola's tree towers at 72 feet with 88,000 animated LED lights. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

Lake Eola’s tree towers at 72 feet with 88,000 animated LED lights. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

The night’s festivities continued with the electric holiday performance by Violectric: Classic Musicians Who Rock! and a celebration show featuring Encore! Cast Performing Arts. Trinity Lutheran School’s 4-Year Old and Kindergarten Choir serenaded the audience and the school presented its musical “Christmas in the City” prior to the lighting.

(l-r) Commissioner Regina Hill with her grandson, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and Commissioner Tony Ortiz. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

(l-r) Commissioner Regina Hill with her grandson, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and Commissioner Tony Ortiz. Photo: Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News.

Mayor Dyer, Appraiser Singh and the City Commissioners gathered by the tree with their families for group photos and interviews. “This is absolutely wonderful,” Commissioner Hill said of the tree lighting celebration. “This makes it officially feel like Christmas in Orlando.” Appraiser Singh and Commissioner Ortiz applaud the occasion’s lasting joy. “This is always an occasion that brings people from diverse backgrounds together and unites Orlando,” said Appraiser Singh.

 

 

Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born writer. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

She is also an author success coach, helping advisors, coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs, experts, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book via her Inevitable AUTHORity™ Author Mentoring Program.

She has published seven books, all available on Amazon.com. Her newly released book, From a Babe 2.0, is now available on the Kindle.

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