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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Slideshow

The switch was flipped Monday night, lighting the enormous tree at Carlmont Shopping Center, and signalling Belmont's official kick-off to the holidays.

Lenore Griffin estimates this year's Carlmont Shopping Center tree lighting to be the fortieth-something-annual, but somewhere along the way she's lost count. However, over four decades-plus of organizing an event does give you a special touch, and for Lenore, and the other members of the Carlmont Merchants Association, that touch is what helps them pull off one of the most well-attended holiday tree lightings on the Peninsula.

The annual Christmas tree lighting, sponsored by the Carlmont Merchants Association, was a family affair, bringing kids of all ages and their parents to the center on a moonlit night wedged somewhere between homework and bedtime.

The highlight of Monday's event was the carolling provided by choruses from six schools: Tri-School (Mercy, Notre Dame and Serra), Notre Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Central Elementary School.

In addition to the music, a visit by Santa, and refreshments, crafts vendors set up tables along the shopping center's sidewalk selling everything from Giants ornaments to homebaked cookies.

Of course, the evening wrapped up with the flip of a switch turning on thousands of colored lights upon one giant tree that transformed an otherwise ordinary Monday night into a festive occasion at the Carlmont Shopping Center.


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Roma mah November 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I got a great panoramic shot of Mr Metro's class I would like.
Joan S. Dentler November 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Hi Roma....if you'd like to add it to the gallery, simply click the "Upload Photos & Videos" tab right below the photos above. I'd be happy to feature it on the homepage!
Roma mah November 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I sent it and says 100% but don't see. If not uploaded property let me know can email.

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