Over three hundred people crowded Drury Square and the Auburn Fire Rescue Headquarters for Auburn’s second annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday. The AUB.TrLite.861weather was not very cooperative, but the rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of residents enjoying cocoa and cookies, music and visit from Santa Claus.

The Auburn fire engines and ambulance were moved out, and people moved in, lined up for cocoa and cookies provided by Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School and served by Auburn Recreation and Culture Committee Members.

Outside, some guests huddled under tents while others braved the rain with umbrellas and raincoats to sing along with the Auburn High School Marching Band and the Auburn Community Players singers.

Santa Claus also made an appearance. The jolly elf came riding in atop Tower 1, which came down Southbridge St, lights flashing and siren blaring, much to the delight of the young ones in the crowd.

Santa led the crowd, imploring them to “blow on the count of three” in order to light the 60 foot tall tree, which was beautifully lit by crews from Stearns Electric. Santa then spent nearly an hour taking Christmas wishes and posing for photos with children (and some adult ‘children’).

Overall, this growing tradition was a wonderful event to kick off a wonderful time of year.