Tree lighting at Mechanics Bank Arena kicks off holiday season in Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The City of Bakersfield officially kicked off the holiday season with its Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday.

The ceremony took pace outside the Mechanics Bank Arena at Centennial Plaza. No tree lighting ceremony would be complete without Santa Claus who made an appearance with Mrs. Claus. Saturday’s ceremony also included a live nativity scene.

“Bakersfield came together. In spite of the challenges we face, we came together to celebrate this wonderful lighting,” Mayor Karen Goh said. “Let’s take this time to embrace each other with the light of love, the light of hope and the light of peace. As we light the tree, let it be a light to our city.”

Mayor Goh and other Bakersfield City Council members also participated in the event.

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