PRESS PHOTOS BY LORI PATRICKHundreds of spectators kick off the holiday season in Bethlehem at the annual tree lighting. Music filled the air as the people marveled at the tree during the community event.
Delilah Rivera enjoys the Moravian stars hanging on Payrow Plaza. Holding Delilah is her cousin Olvin Espinosa, both of Bethlehem.
The moment to light the tree has arrived with Bethlehem Police Chief Mark Diluzio cheering it on. Mayor Bob Donchez and his team of assistants flip the switch and brighten up Payrow Plaza.
Bethlehem’s 2017 Christmas tree with the nativity scene placed underneath on Payrow Plaza. This year’s tree at City Hall was donated by the Radzelovage family.
A Christmas tree hug is in order among cousins Zoe Cika, Kendra Cika, Evelyn Bordick, Aiden Bordick and Ava McCabe, who came to Bethlehem to visit their grandparents from Bethlehem Township.
Assisting Mayor Bob Donchez in flipping the switch to light the holiday tree are (front) Jahaire Quran Hughes, Camilla Delatorre Torres, Fior Alexandra Perez (back) Ariel Castillo, Ian Petock and Stephen Zarnas.
Pantelis and Stella Georgalas of Hanover Township step up to greet Santa after the tree lighting ceremony.
What do you want for Christmas? Santa asks. Dante Fontoura of Bethlehem answers, “An X Box!” Santa greeted over 100 children while giving them Mike & Ike candy as a present.
Liberty’s Grenadier Band waits to play a tune scheduled just before the switch is thrown to light the tree on Payrow Plaza.
Tree lighting ceremony entertainment includes a choral presentation with St. John’s A.M.E. Church singers.
Christmas City shines