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Newhall lit up for the holidays

Posted: November 9, 2013 9:05 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2013 9:05 p.m.

Arturo and Ana Dirzo take a photo in front of the 23 foot Christmas tree in front of the Old Town Newhall Library after the "Light Up Main Street" event on Saturday night in Newhall on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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SANTA CLARITA - In front of a crowd of hundreds Saturday night, Santa Clarita city officials lit up downtown Newhall to celebrate the holiday season.

The elaborate display includes lights wrapped around the more than 80 trees that dot Main Street in Newhall and two lit archway trusses over the road, one featuring Santa’s sleigh and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the other bearing the message “Season’s Greetings.”

Of course, the display also includes a tree: 23 feet tall and decked out with lights in front of the Newhall Library.

Almost 200,000 lights went into the display, according to Darin Seegmiller, project development coordinator with the city of Santa Clarita.

“All the community has been so positive, you can hear them talking as you walk up and down the street,” Seegmiller said Saturday. “There was a lot of nervousness and excitement that led up to this and I’m glad it seems to be living up to it.”

This is the first time the city has put together a public holiday display on this large of a scale, but with all the work the city has put into the downtown Newhall area having it there made sense, according to Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar.

“We thought, ‘You know what, this year let’s do something really, really special, let’s have a great extravaganza of Christmas lights and holiday lights for the entire Santa Clarita Valley,’” Kellar said. “And we are so pleased with what we were able to bring about this evening.”

The Santa Clarita City Council voted earlier this year to authorize around $100,000 for the display.

The lights will be on from dusk until about 10 p.m. from now until the end of the year, according to city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz.
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