WATCH: 50-foot Christmas tree lights up Travis Park

H-E-B tree is a Concolor Fir from Northern Michigan

SAN ANTONIO – Downtown San Antonio is going to look much brighter.

H-E-B’s 50-foot Concolor Fir is lit up for the Christmas season after a tree-lighting ceremony took place at Travis Park Friday.

Holiday celebrations kicked off with appearances from the Ballet San Antonio Nutcracker cast and a screening of the animated classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Alamo City Street Choir, The Dirty River Band, and Mariachi Las Altenas also performed at the holiday celebration.

Free ice skating at the Rotary Ice Rink was available for attendees and other activities included writing letters to Santa and treats for the four-legged friends.

The tree lighting ceremony started at 6 p.m. and the lights officially illuminated the massive tree around 6:20 p.m.

Santa Claus, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and senior officials with H-E-B all made remarks at the tree lighting ceremony.

More than 10,000 white lights and dozens of colorful, handmade ornaments adorn the tree.

“H-E-B commits more than $250,000 each year to the transportation, decoration and lighting of the tree for all of San Antonio to enjoy,” H-E-B officials stated in a press release.

The lights at Travis Park will remain lit until Jan. 10.

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