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Lake City tests Christmas lights for annual tree lighting celebration

Lake City Public Works Director Eddie Robinson checks out the fuse box for the city’s Christmas Tree during a test of its holiday display Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Lake City Public Works Director Eddie Robinson checks out the fuse box for the city’s Christmas Tree during a test of its holiday display Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The lights of an elf delivering a Christmas present shine brightly during a test of Lake City’s holiday display Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The front of Lake City Municipal Hall is decked out for the holidays. Lights in the decorations were tested Monday, but will not officially be lit until Nov 23. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Lake City public works employee Sam Pate checks the power supply to some lights in the city’s holiday display Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Lake City’s 55-foot tall Christmas tree is reputedly the tallest on the south side in recent years, although neighboring Forest Park is reportedly looking to steal that crown. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Lake City Public Works Director Eddie Robinson checks out the lights inside the city’s giant Christmas tree Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

LAKE CITY — If drivers noticed the Christmas lights glowing at Lake City Municipal Hall Monday and wondered why the city was getting such a head start on the holiday, they don’t have to worry.

Nobody slept through Thanksgiving. The city was just testing the lights to make sure they will work in a week and a half. Lake City will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting celebration Nov. 23 at 6 p.m., at the municipal hall, 5455 Jonesboro Road, said Public Works Director Eddie Robinson.

As it has in past years, the event will feature singing, hot chocolate, Santa Claus and, of course, the official lighting of the holiday decorations. The centerpiece of the display is a 55-foot tall Christmas tree.