Hundreds of people came to Payrow Plaza Friday evening to get into the holiday spirit as Bethlehem’s official city Christmas Tree was lit in a festive ceremony presided over by Mayor John Callahan.
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The ceremony, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of Bethlehem promoting itself as “The Christmas City” by the Chamber of Commerce, also included music by the Bethlehem Catholic High School Band and the Liberty High School A Capella Choir.
Third-graders from Miller Heights Elementary School and St. Anne’s Elementary School joined Callahan at the podium to throw the switch that lit all the trees on Payrow Plaza.
The Christmas City Tree on Payrow Plaza was donated by Paul and Sandy Gillette of East Allen Township. The Hill-to-Hill Bridge Christmas Tree was donated by Bob and Carol Shear of Bethlehem Township, and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree on Payrow Plaza was donated by Bernard Spirk of Bethlehem Township.