The city of Mexico Beach rang in the holiday season by lighting the tree at Sunset Park on Sunday.
The tree was lit by Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Harmon and family, lifelong residents of Mexico Beach.
After the tree lighting, Pastor Jerry Arhelger from the First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach gave an invocation and led the crowd in sing-along Christmas classics.
The ceremony was followed by the annual golf cart parade which cruised down U.S. Highway 98 ending at the park. The carts, decorated with bright Christmas lights, giant presents, dancing reindeer and festive snowmen, were followed by Santa on his red fire truck.
Community Development Council executive director Kimberly Shoaf said that it was the largest crowd to date.
After Santa arrived, he met with more than 80 children while revelers sipped on hot cocoa and munched on cookies.
Shoaf extended a thank you to Wiley Petty and the staff of the El Governor Motel for transforming Sunset Park into the beautiful Christmas winter wonderland.
“It’s so nice to have a community that comes together to celebrate the holiday season,” said Shoaf. “I hope residents and visitors will stop by and make Sunset Park their Christmas card backdrop.”