Photos & video: Lexington crowd enjoys extra fun as holiday lights turn on downtown

Residents gathered in downtown Lexington Sunday night for the Luminate Lexington festival during which Santa lit the Christmas tree at Triangle Park.

During the event, the first of eight candles on the community menorah was also lit.

“Lexington will shine bright with the spirit of the season,” Lexington Mayor Linda Gordon said before lighting the tree.

The Holiday Lighting Festival included a “letters to Santa” station, take-home crafts, vendor booths, carols, face painting and ice skating.

Haley Jennings got a lift from her father, Chad Jennings, during the Luminate Lexington holiday lighting festival at Triangle Park in Lexington Sunday night.
Haley Jennings got a lift from her father, Chad Jennings, during the Luminate Lexington holiday lighting festival at Triangle Park in Lexington Sunday night.
People took photos after the Christmas tree was lit Sunday night at a festival in Triangle Park Sunday night in Lexington.
People took photos after the Christmas tree was lit Sunday night at a festival in Triangle Park Sunday night in Lexington.
People lined up for kettle corn cooked fresh at Triangle Park in Lexington.
People lined up for kettle corn cooked fresh at Triangle Park in Lexington.
Maggie Hill, 12, had her face painted at the Luminate Lexington holiday event Sunday night in Triangle Park.
Maggie Hill, 12, had her face painted at the Luminate Lexington holiday event Sunday night in Triangle Park.
Rabbi David Wirtschafter looked up after lighting the menorah at the holiday festival Sunday night.
Rabbi David Wirtschafter looked up after lighting the menorah at the holiday festival Sunday night.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Santa lifted a key to light the Christmas tree at Triangle Park.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Santa lifted a key to light the Christmas tree at Triangle Park.
Farrah Meek, 4, closed her eyes while having her face painted.
Farrah Meek, 4, closed her eyes while having her face painted.
Joselyn Arteaga and Christopher Bravo held hands while ice skating at Triangle Park during the holiday festival Sunday night.
Joselyn Arteaga and Christopher Bravo held hands while ice skating at Triangle Park during the holiday festival Sunday night.
Mallory Sparks skated on the ice rink before the holiday lighting festival.
Mallory Sparks skated on the ice rink before the holiday lighting festival.
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