HAMLET — Hundreds filled Main Street Park Monday evening for the Seaboard City’s 36th annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
The lighting portion of the night was bookended by Bishop Marvin Taylor of Outreach for Jesus and Dr. Allison Farrah of First Bapist Church, who gave the invocation and benediction, respectively.
Following a few holiday selections from the Second Baptist Christian Academy Chorus, the Rev. Tommy Legrand read scripture as members of Outreach for Jesus portrayed a live Nativity scene.
Once the tree was lit, Santa arrived on the Hamlet Fire Department’s antique engine and greeted children of all ages inside the Depot.
Conductor Sam Ballard punched each child’s ticket as “The Polar Express” played inside.
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