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  • Adam and Deanna Jones of Arlington Heights, along with Wilson, 1, take in the scene at the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony Friday night at North School Park.

      Adam and Deanna Jones of Arlington Heights, along with Wilson, 1, take in the scene at the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony Friday night at North School Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Emma Sulivan, 14, of Rolling Meadows checks a selfie with her unique holiday hat Friday at the annual Arlington Heights tree=lighting ceremony at North School Park.

      Emma Sulivan, 14, of Rolling Meadows checks a selfie with her unique holiday hat Friday at the annual Arlington Heights tree=lighting ceremony at North School Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes gets some help from Tim Beyer and his daughter Lily, 6, of Arlington Heights to push the button activating more than 80,000 lights Friday night at the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park

      Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes gets some help from Tim Beyer and his daughter Lily, 6, of Arlington Heights to push the button activating more than 80,000 lights Friday night at the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kids of all ages enjoyed the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony Friday night at North School Park.

      Kids of all ages enjoyed the annual Arlington Heights tree-lighting ceremony Friday night at North School Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village and Schaumburg held their annual tree-lighting ceremonies Friday evening.

Arlington Heights held its ceremony at North School Park. The event included free rides on the Holly Trolleys and performances by the Arlington Heights Park District's baton group, the Vibe Dance Troop and the Dickens Carolers from John Hersey High School.

As well as the tree, which was donated by the Hermes family, the lighting ceremony activated lights on the many holiday displays with a children's toy theme in the park, as well as the streetscape lights throughout the downtown.

Other features of the evening included food trucks, ice sculptures, a decorated tree donated by the Durham family in Harmony Park, and a Wish Tree at the Arlington Heights History Museum

Meanwhile, the Elk Grove Village tree-lighting event featured a concert by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, fireworks and more than 250,000 lights around the municipal complex, library, park district pavilion and holiday tree. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies were provided.

The Schaumburg tree-lighting event at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts featured Santa arriving via fire truck to light the tree. Face painting, temporary tattoos, refreshments and music were part of the event.

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