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Seasonal tradition returns to Evanston

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Hundreds of people gathered in Fountain Square Tuesday evening for the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the city and Downtown Evanston.

With a winter chill in the air, Santa was quick to point the crowd to the cafeteria at the nearby Rotary International building.

It seemed nobody was too young for a first audience with St. Nick …

…  who had quite a crowd of young admirers … 

and grown-ups who wanted pictures of the occasion …

while others warmed up with hot chocolate and sugary treats sure to keep the kids wired.

Back outside, the tree and streets full of decorations served as a reminder of holiday shopping and celebrations yet to come. 

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