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AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – The holiday season is upon us and downtown Akron kicked things off with their annual tree lighting celebration Friday evening.

Guests were welcome to enjoy everything from Christmas carols and free hot chocolate to a visit from Santa Claus at Lock 3.

Festivities started at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony and a fireworks display thanks to Downtown Akron Partnership at 7:30 p.m.

Guests who come out to downtown Akron this holiday season can also take part in ice skating and indoor Putt-Putt, among other activities. For more information, visit