Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Hundreds and hundreds of East Texans turned out for Tyler's annual Christmas parade.  After the parade, the annual tree lighting ceremony began. The 40 foot cedar tree was lit by eight month old Gracie Kate Burch. She was selected for this honor by the Children's Miracle Network.

The tree, decorated with more than 3,000 lights, large candy canes, snow flakes, and dozens of multi-colored ball ornaments will remain on the downtown square until after the first of the year. That's when city crews will take it down and recycle it.