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Morrow hosts annual Christmas in the Park celebration

Hundreds attend to see city tree lighting

Morrow residents gather around the city’s Christmas tree during the annual Christmas in the Park celebration at Milton Daniel Park on Saturday. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

Morrow residents gather around the city’s Christmas tree during the annual Christmas in the Park celebration at Milton Daniel Park on Saturday. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

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Above, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children during Morrow’s annual Christmas in the Park at Milton Daniel Park on Saturday. Left, Singer Theresa Hightower sings a holiday song.

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Singer Theresa Hightower sings a holiday song at Morrow’s Christmas in the Park celebration Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Waffle House Area Vice-President Theresa Tillman gives directions to Corey and Kyndal Clark during Morrow’s Christmas in the Park event Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

MORROW — While the musical strains of “O Holy Night” filled the night sky, hundreds of Morrow residents gathered around a Christmas tree Saturday to see it light up for the first time this year.

The lights came on as a singer hit the song’s zenith with the lines “Fall on your knees. Oh hear the angel voices. O night divine, the night when Christ was born.” Residents applauded and began snapping pictures as soon as the tree lit up.

The lighting of the tree was the culminating event at the city’s annual Christmas in the Park event in Milton Daniel Park.

The event was held at the park for the first time since 2008 and the festivities included food, games, pictures with Santa Claus, rides on the Little General train, performances by Theresa Hightower and Gwen Hughes and visits from Clayton State University’s Loch mascot and Chick-fil-A’s Santa Cow mascot.

Toy soldier statues and a “castle” were also set up around the park for children to enjoy.

“I liked the soldiers,” said Armani White, 5.

“I liked the castle,” said his cousin, Jasmin Turner, 4.

“I liked Santa and the pretty tree, and the soldiers, and the park, and I enjoyed myself and that’s it,” said their cousin, Kiyah Saruni, 6.

Even parents found themselves enjoying the family-friendly event. Forest Park residents Kendall and Kelly Clark brought their children, Corey and Kyndal, after hearing about the event through the kids’ school. The children attend Lake City Elementary School.

Mostly, they enjoyed having a Christmas event that they could bring their children to.

“We let the kids play on the playground and get on the train ride,” said Kelly Clark.