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Santa makes early appearance at annual Smith-Hazel Christmas ceremony

December 7, 2018

An intimate group of locals showed up Thursday evening to enjoy the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in downtown Aiken.

Delores Byrd, with Smith-Hazel, hosted the event, which has been a tradition for more than two decades.

Byrd said the Christmas tree lighting at Smith-Hazel as an event that is important for the community.

Attendees got to enjoy themselves Thursday by singing carols, snacking on cookies and winning small door prizes through a raffle.

Classic Christmas songs were sung as the Christmas tree was lit, and kids attending the event got a special surprise.

Santa came out with a big stocking-shaped bag full of candy, which he passed out to the children.

Aiken City Councilwoman Gayle Diggs was also in attendance. She sat with Santa for a picture and told him she wanted a new car for Christmas.

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