Ronni Hannaman, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, officiated the event and said that it was wonderful to hold the Christmas tree lighting in-person after a virtual 2020.
Mayor Lori Bagwell agreed with the sentiment, saying, “I’m so excited to celebrate with my family and yours.”
She had the honor of flipping the switch to the Capitol Christmas tree and lights, joined by four special helpers: her great-granddaughter Quincy, as well as Lincoln, Ellie, and Luna, the children of several city staff members.
They shared the spotlight with Carson City fifth graders, who serenaded residents with Christmas songs prior to the tree lighting. Santa Claus and The Grinch even made an appearance, dancing with students.
Several new city traditions accompanied the annual event. Rather than horse-drawn carriages, electric carriages chauffeured residents up and down Carson Street. Others grabbed hot chocolate and took photos with cutouts at City Hall.
Downtown businesses and restaurants were busy as downtown was in the Christmas spirit.
The Capitol also retired its old Christmas tree with drooping branches. City and state staff and officials chose a sturdier, younger evergreen to bear the weight of the star.