Orlando lights up official Christmas tree

Local 6 joins Mayor Dyer to celebrate holidays

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:01:09 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 06 2013 07:45:48 PM EST
Orlando Christmas Tree lighting 2013

Orlando officially kicked off the holiday season on Friday with its annual "Holiday Lights Orlando" celebration.

The festival was held at Lake Eola beginning at 4 p.m. The headline event — turning on the lights for the official city Christmas tree — took place after 6 p.m.

Local 6 Morning News anchors Matt Austin and Bridgett Ellison and meteorologist Troy Bridges helped Mayor Buddy Dyer turn on the lights.

"Holiday Lights Orlando" also includes a food truck bazaar, a choir performing holiday favorites, a school play by Trinity Lutheran and a "Gifts'n'Goodies" Christmas Village.

Families were also invited to see a free outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Local 6 and ClickOrlando.com broadcasted the Christmas tree lighting live Friday night.