Palo Alto ushered in the holiday season Friday with a Holiday Tree Lighting event in the city's most prominent downtown plaza.
The second annual event was held at Lytton Plaza and featured music from the Cantabile Children's Chorus and the Keys School Chorus.
Residents were urged to bring donations of warm blankets, coats and gift cards for groceries to the plaza, with items collected by the Opportunity Center and the Downtown Streets Team.
Vice Mayor Greg Scharff flipped the switch at 5:30 p.m. to light the city's decorated tree.
Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.