By MONA NAIR6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville's annual Christmas in the City celebration kicked off Friday night with the Regal Celebration of Lights.
The lighting of the 38-foot-tall Christmas tree in Krutch Park Extension was emceed by Good Morning Tennessee anchors Bo Williams and Tearsa Smith.
Krutch Park sparkled with more than 100,000 lights.
Free activities included pictures with Santa Claus, face painting, balloon art, train rides and marshmallow roasting.
Families say it's becoming a holiday tradition.
"It's just a good time to be out with your family, it gets you in the Christmas spirit after the Thanksgiving rush," explained Cory Willard, out with his family.
"It's a nice family tradition something to do after Thanksgiving and start off the Christmas holiday," said Jennifer Houston, out with her husband and young daughter.
WATE was an event sponsor and some familiar faces from the station greeted crowds at a craft booth
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