Temperatures dipped to freezing and light snow started to fall Thursday night. With the flip of a switch, Abigail McPhail, 17, turned on the 300 lights adorning the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street in Copperas Cove.

The high school senior said lighting the tree will be a nice memory. McPhail’s name was drawn at random from about 100 people who attended Thursday night’s event.

Free hot chocolate kept the crowd festive as the High Velocity Dancers from GymKix performed and the high school choir sang carols. Santa soon arrived and made a stop to snap some photos with boys and girls, both naughty and nice.

Katelyn McNeal, 7, said she was at the tree lighting to see Santa and tell him what was on her Christmas list.

“I want Monster High, jewelry and the Teen Beach Movie,” the Clements/Parsons Elementary School second-grader said.

Leilah Smith, 10, was spinning around like a top under the city’s fake snow machine letting the flakes cover her.

“It’s a lot bigger than our tree at home,” said Leilah who attends Fairview Elementary School.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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