With a palm tree positioned next to the giant Christmas tree, the holiday season officially lit up in Key West, where residents and visitors celebrated the city’s annual Christmas tree-lighting on Monday, Nov. 28 at Bayview Park.

Little Otis Weekley, the toddler grandson of Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, did the honors just after sunset by pushing the big red button to illuminate the towering tree.

City officials, including the newly sworn-in City Commissioner Lissette Cuervo Carey, spoke to the crowd and rang in the holiday season.

A giant menorah stands next to the tree at Bayview Park and will be lit during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

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