Bright Lights, Holiday Music Highlight Festival of Trees

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a horse-drawn carriage during the Festival of Trees. Photos by Nichole Horsley Murrieta residents and ...

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a horse-drawn carriage during the Festival of Trees.

Photos by Nichole Horsley

Murrieta residents and guests enjoyed a "forest" of decorated Christmas trees, watched a push cart parade featuring local groups, listened to holiday music and witnessed the lighting of a 40-foot tree Saturday night at the city's Festival of Trees event in Town Square Park.

Community groups decorated small trees placed on the perimeter of the park for viewing by guests. Meanwhile, a variety of choral groups provided music from the main stage at the back of the park. At 5 p.m., a parade into the park featured push carts with a holiday theme and entrance of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a carriage.

There was a petting zoo including camels, carriage rides and food available from vendors as guests awaited the main event -- the lighting of a giant tree signifying the official beginning of the holiday season.

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Choirs from various community groups entertained the crowd with holiday songs.

A push cart parade gave members of youth groups and other organizations a chance to strut their stuff.

Also attending were city council members (from left) Randon Lane, Rick Gibbs, Jonathan Ingram, Harry Ramos and Alan Long.

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