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Commissioner Anthony Rodriguez's 2nd annual Christmas tree lighting spectacle was a tropical wonderland

Miami glowed with festive warmth as families gathered at the Westchester Cultural Arts Center for the magical 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

In a dazzling display of holiday spirit, Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez transformed Tropical Park into a winter wonderland during the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 9, 2023. Hosted at the Westchester Cultural Arts Center, the free event enchanted families with a plethora of festive activities and culminated in the illumination of a stunning Christmas tree.

Enchanting Christmas Tree lighting festivities for all ages

Families from across Miami embraced the yuletide joy as they gathered at Tropical Park for an evening of enchantment. The festivities kicked off at 5:30 PM, offering an array of activities that catered to every age group. From a heartwarming Santa Claus Meet & Greet, complete with photo opportunities, to Story Time with Mrs. Claus, the event blended tradition with modern excitement.

The Roxy Theater Group added a theatrical touch with mesmerizing Christmas performances, captivating the audience with their artistic flair. The air was filled with laughter as children delighted in face painting, balloon twisting, and arts & crafts. The scene was completed with holiday-themed photo opportunities, ensuring that every moment was captured in a festive frame.

And let's not forget the treats such as hot chocolate, cotton candy, and popcorn added a sweet note to the evening, turning the event into a sensory celebration of all things Christmas.

Santa Claus in red shirt addressing a crowd

Magical illumination and snowfall delight

As the clock approached 6:15 PM, the anticipation reached its peak. Commissioner Anthony Rodriguez, Santa Claus, and the entire crowd united for the grand countdown. The moment arrived, and with the flick of a switch, the Christmas Tree bathed the surroundings in a warm, festive glow.

What followed was nothing short of magical—snow descended from both sides of the tree, transforming the Miami night into a winter wonderland. Classic holiday music echoed through the park as families reveled in the enchanting atmosphere, creating memories that will surely last a lifetime.

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