ST. CLOUD -- It was a festival atmosphere in front of the River's Edge Convention center in downtown St. Cloud Thursday evening.

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The city held its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

The evening included several Christmas songs from the Minnesota Center Chorale, as well as a few solo artists.

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Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies were also available.

A crowd gathered to hear the music and watch Santa Kleis flip the switch and light the tree at about 5:45 p.m.

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The tree will be lit throughout the holiday season.

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