By Jim Tortolano
A crowd of hundreds thronged the front lawn of the Westminster Civic Center Monday night for the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Community Sing.
The event was kicked off by remarks by Mayor Tri Ta and several members of the city council. Councilman Tyler Diep cautioned those in attendance to stay warm and added, “But if it wasn’t cold, it wouldn’t be Christmas-time.”
Councilman Sergio Contreras drew a laugh for thanking voters “for electing me for four more years.” Councilwoman Margie Rice opined that while the greeting “Happy Holidays” was all right, with her, it was still “Merry Christmas” as far as she was concerned.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand for the lighting of the tree, which faces Westminster Avenue. Following that, there were musical performances by Project SHUE (senior citizens and children), the Westminster Chorale and other groups. Tim Nelson served as master of ceremonies.
Monday’s tree-lighting kicked off the holiday season in Westminster, and it will be followed by a similar celebration on Tuesday at the Village Green Park in Garden Grove for that city’s 10th annual Christmas Tree-Lighting at the clock tower at Euclid and Main streets.