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The 14th annual West Columbia Christmas Tree Lighting lights up the town

West Columbia, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – The City of West Columbia held its 14th annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the City Hall December 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Radio and television personality Joe Pinner lead the night as area elementary schools held a “What Christmas Means to Me” essay contest. The winners were recognized by Pinner and read their essays to the crowd of families and community members of all ages who got a laugh or had their hearts warmed by the young children’s essays. There was also a student artwork contest where the winner got to be featured on the event program’s cover, and the top three entries are currently being displayed on the Art on State Wall on the corner of State and Meeting Streets.

In between essay readings, choruses from East Point Academy and Riverbank Elementary sang Christmas carols and Grace Christian School String Ensemble performed holiday classics.

The lighting of the tree came a bit abruptly as a nearby television station was there to live broadcast the lighting. However, it didn’t take away from the beauty of the large tree right in front of City Hall for all the folks driving by to see. The trees all along the fenced area were also lit with shining white lights.

Because of the live broadcast, Reverend Kenneth Taylor from Turner Memorial AME Church gave the Christmas message after the lighting. At the end of the program, a reception was held in the New Brookland Room, and refreshments were provided by local West Columbia restaurants, organizations, and businesses.

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