GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — Families are welcome to start Christmas celebrations with the annual tree lighting in Gonzales.

City officials said the tree lighting ceremony will happen 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at city hall. There will be jambalaya plates, a visit from Santa and gifts for young kids.

“For 30 years, the City of Gonzales and its residents have come together to enjoy this special night,” said Mayor Barney Arceneaux. “The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is always a great way to kick off the holiday season and is filled with food, fun, and community. We hope you will join us to celebrate this milestone event.”

This holiday event is free to the public.

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