City leaders and fans of all things bright and sparkly rocked around the Christmas tree last week at Sarasota's ceremonial tree lighting on St. Armands Circle.
Hundreds gathered along to watch the super-sized tree light up as the kick off to the holiday season in Sarasota.
The evening radiated with holiday spirit as families gathered together for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to make their arrival in front of the tree in a vintage Mercedes.
Sarasota Mayor Kyle Battie and Vice Mayor Liz Alpert gave their holiday greetings to the crowd. Rev. Dr. Kenneth Blyth of Church on the Circle gave a brief prayer before the big countdown.
Battie and Santa stepped on the podium and said, "Starting at 10." The crowd counted down with the mayor and Santa as they pressed the button to bedazzle the 60-foot tree.
Future of Dance immediately followed the tree lighting as they performed various choreographed holiday routines.