Illuminating the spirit of the holiday season

The Christmas spirit is brought to life with the welcoming of lights on Temple City.

Written by Sophie Ho, Staff Writer / Published December 13, 2013 

Temple City held its annual holiday splendor Lights on Temple City on Friday, December 6, at the intersection between Las Tunas Drive and Oak Avenue and within Temple City Park.

Lights on T.C. is a holiday season kick-off event where Temple City Park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a parade, ceremonial tree-lighting, and people of all ages enjoying a festive night of activities and entertainment.

At the beginning of the evening, families lined the sidewalks of Las Tunas Drive eagerly waiting for the parade to begin. At promptly 7 p.m., the TCHS Marching Band and Pageantry Corps and Oak Avenue Auxiliaries led the mini-parade, showcasing the Prides of Temple City, including council members, Miss TC, and, last but not least, Santa Claus. Volunteers plugged in the lights wrapped around small trees along Las Tunas as Santa Claus passed by in a red convertible.

After the ten-minute parade, the crowds flooded into Temple City Park resuming their booth activities. While children proceeded to visit Santa in Santa’s House and slide down the ice slides, adults were able to enjoy musical performances under the gazebo and choose from a selection of food booths. The performing arts groups included Temple City High School’s Brighter Side show choir and Marching Band.

TCHS Brighter Side and Marching Band filled the air with music selections such as “What Christmas Means to Me,” “Skating with My Baby,” “A Holiday to Remember,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

Many high school students could feel the holiday cheer around them.

“Everyone was very festive and excited to see the parade,” said drum major and Temple City High School senior Demi Gonzalez. “The support the community and people of Temple City give us makes it so entertaining and worthwhile.”

“I think Lights on T.C. is a very festive and joyous attraction for the community.” said Temple City High school senior and Brighter Side show choir member Josh Li, “Performing our Christmas numbers under the gazebo with such a friendly audience is probably the most memorable part.”

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