Peekskill Welcomes The Holiday Season With Cheer

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Peekskill lights its 2012 holiday tree at the dowtown gazebo on North Division Street with a little help from St. Nick. Photo Credit: thedailypeekskill
Santa Claus pays a visit to the children of Peekskill Saturday as part of the city's holiday tree lighting. Photo Credit: thedailypeekskill
Members of the Peekskill Community Choir perform Saturday for attendees of the annual holiday tree lighting at the gazebo on North Division Street in Peekskill. Photo Credit: thedailypeekskill
Santa gave out gifts to lucks boys and girls.
Santa gave out gifts to lucks boys and girls. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Santa Posed for photos with city children.
Santa Posed for photos with city children. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Santa also posed with children for photographs.
Santa also posed with children for photographs. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Santa gave out gifts to lucks boys and girls.
Santa gave out gifts to lucks boys and girls. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster greeted city residents.
Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster greeted city residents. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Mary Foster with members of the community choir.
Mary Foster with members of the community choir. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Dozens of people came out to help kick off the holiday season in Peekskill.
Dozens of people came out to help kick off the holiday season in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Cookies and hot cocoa were enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Cookies and hot cocoa were enjoyed by children and adults alike. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Peekskill Community Choir entertained residents under the guidance of Tuesday McDonald.
The Peekskill Community Choir entertained residents under the guidance of Tuesday McDonald. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The choir performed several holiday favorites.
The choir performed several holiday favorites. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
This year's Peekskill holiday tree, which sits beside the downtown gazebo.
This year's Peekskill holiday tree, which sits beside the downtown gazebo. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill Recreation Department helped residents kick off  the holiday season Saturday with its annual tree lighting.

The event featured music from the Peekskill Community Choir, free cookies and hot cocoa and of course a visit from Santa. The event culminated with the lighting of this year's holiday tree at the downtown gazebo.

Check out the videos and photos from this year's festive event in the gallery.

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Peekskill is still all aglow and the excitement is building as we continue to celebrate Chanukah and anticipate Christmas coming. The streets look beautiful in the downtown all lit up and many shops have extended hours and great discounts. Our art gallery is now open Wed.-Sun. from 12-6 for holiday shoppers. Visit our website: www.flatiron.qpg.com
"Happy Holidays to all! Wendie Garber