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The crowd enjoys taking in the lights on the tree and around the courtyard Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the annual lighting of the bromeliad tree at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lighting of the Bromeliad Tree at Selby Gardens

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

The crowd enjoys taking in the lights on the tree and around the courtyard Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the annual lighting of the bromeliad tree at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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Volunteers Pat Bonarek with John and Adrienne Wagner

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Volunteers Pat Bonarek with John and Adrienne Wagner

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The Booker High School choir performed a variety of holiday songs prior to the tree being lit.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

The Booker High School choir performed a variety of holiday songs prior to the tree being lit.

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Thomas Buchter, CEO, and Mayor Suzanne Atwell

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Thomas Buchter, CEO, and Mayor Suzanne Atwell

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Lucie Perales, 5, wore reindeer antlers to the lighting of the bromeliad tree.

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Lucie Perales, 5, wore reindeer antlers to the lighting of the bromeliad tree.

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Those in attendance enjoyed cookies and other sweets as well as wine and hot apple cider.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Those in attendance enjoyed cookies and other sweets as well as wine and hot apple cider.

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Robert McComb has designed the bromeliad tree six different years.

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Robert McComb has designed the bromeliad tree six different years.

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Doug and Ann Logan

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Doug and Ann Logan

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Marty Haberer talks to the crowd Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the annual lighting of the bromeliad tree at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Marty Haberer talks to the crowd Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the annual lighting of the bromeliad tree at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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The crowd claps after Booker High School’s choir performed.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

The crowd claps after Booker High School’s choir performed.

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The switch that flips on the lights on the bromeliad tree.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

The switch that flips on the lights on the bromeliad tree.

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Marty Haberer, Thomas Buchter and Mayor Suzanne Atwell clap and smile after helping to flip the switch to light up the bromeliad tree.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Marty Haberer, Thomas Buchter and Mayor Suzanne Atwell clap and smile after helping to flip the switch to light up the bromeliad tree.

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The bromeliad tree is made up of more than 700 bromeliads and is covered in white and blue lights as well as star ornaments.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

The bromeliad tree is made up of more than 700 bromeliads and is covered in white and blue lights as well as star ornaments.

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Volunteers Isabel and Milton Rauch

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 |

Volunteers Isabel and Milton Rauch

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