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Marco Island tree lighting, 2013

Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Dancers from the Island Dance Academy light up the stage. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The New Life Choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wanda Day was responsible for the lavishly decorated tree and the entertainment. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • As the countdown reaches zero, the switch is flipped and the tree is illuminated. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Isabella Oliver, 5, and Amelia Skender, 4, with the tree. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lee and Dottie Henderson, Marian Cassidy. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rick and Lisa Popoff, right, with their new grandchild and more of the family mob. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Maggie Doyle with grandfather Gordon Crawford. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chris Curle, emcee Dave Elliott, and Don Farmer. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ballerinas Jessica Dowis and Alexis McMahon, both 4. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • From left, Debbie Lawler, Taylor Fetzer, Kristin and Samantha Jennings. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • As the countdown reaches zero, the switch is flipped and the tree is illuminated. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island made it official Saturday evening. A crowd filled Veterans’ Community Park on a beautiful night, chowing down with friends and families at some football-style tailgate parties, took in some homegrown entertainment at the Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony and then counted down as the switch was flipped on the tree.

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