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Thousands show for Christmas tree lighting at the Landing

11:36 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands showed up at the Landing for the 26th annual Christmas tree lighting and left pleased with what they saw.

Kevyn and Deb Wellman and their sons Tyler and Dylan were among the thousands who wanted to see the traditional Christmas tree lighting. They attended 6 years ago after moving here from New York City, and wanted to enjoy the festivities again.

"It's just the Christmas spirit, the gathering of people, the friendliness of everybody, people seem to open their hearts this time of year," said Deb Wellman.

There was a lot of musical entertainment with many traditional favorites sung by a host of singers.

This years tree was 56 feet tall, has 240 ornaments and 78,000 lights. Many young eyes were on the tree in anticipation.

Shortly after the singing of  We need some Christmas now, the countdown began. The tree was lit and soon after a huge fireworks display began, rivaling those held on July 4. 

"It was incredible," said Kevyn Wellmann. "It was fun, it was amazing, great music. How about the fireworks? Those were great, better than fourth of July right there. I am glad I came down with family and friends and also saw some people I know."

"I think it was fabulous," said Wendy Boykin, who came with her niece. "A nice bringing in of the Christmas season, just get's you ready."

"It was awesome," said young Kailee Pettus. "It was the first time I came to Florida, to Jacksonville, I loved it."

This tree will now put on a synchronized light show every evening until Christmas at the Landing.

As they left a group of kids were heard saying ," Happy holidays, it was perfect, it was great."

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