MAYFIELD - Bannertown residents gathered Saturday evening at the town and village Municipal Complex for Christmas music, a visit from Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
The High School Jazz Ensemble started the night with a half-hour performance of Christmas hits such as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "The Christmas Song" before the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and the tree-lighting ceremony.
Mayor Jamie Ward said the event is a big part of the holiday season for Mayfield.
The Mayfield High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noel Wing, plays holiday music during the event Saturday night at the Mayfield Fire Department.
"It's been a tradition for many years where everyone comes together, where we put down work, we put down all the stuff that keeps us busy throughout the year to take time and greet old friends," Ward said. "Mayfield has such a strong heart for the community. Everyone here is like family."
After the jazz ensemble's performance, Ward led the group of about 100 residents around to the front of the building, and Santa Claus came down the road for the tree-lighting.
The residents counted down from 10, and Ward plugged in the tree that beamed red, blue, green and gold.
Bonnie Peters said she has been attending the event off and on for the past eight years, and she was pleased with Saturday's rendition.
"I think they do a fantastic job," she said. "[And] this is a good turnout. It was perfect weather for this."
The event has been held at the Municipal Complex since the 1990s, Ward said, and the venue has been perfect for the ceremony. It has allowed people to gather more comfortably.
"There was a phenomenal turnout," he said. "It's definitely one of the biggest I've seen, and I've been coming to these since I was 11 years old or younger. This was a great turnout. I'm glad to see everybody here."
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