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PHOTOS: 26th Annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Brian Waldren, lead singer of the Brian Waldren Band, points his microphone to local children gathered at the stage to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," along with him at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Brian Waldren, lead singer of the Brian Waldren Band, points his microphone to local children gathered at the stage to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," along with him at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Molly Blanchard, 3, sits on her uncle Ted Blanchard'd shoulders at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Molly Blanchard, 3, sits on her uncle Ted Blanchard'd shoulders at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Molly Banzhoff, 9, (left) and her sister Gracie Blanzhoff, 11, (right) turn from admiring the nativity scene at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord when they hear the announcement that Santa Claus has arrived; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Molly Banzhoff, 9, (left) and her sister Gracie Blanzhoff, 11, (right) turn from admiring the nativity scene at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord when they hear the announcement that Santa Claus has arrived; November 23, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Megan Goodrich and her son Malcolm McKenzie, 4, dance to the Brian Waldren Band performing Christmas songs at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Megan Goodrich and her son Malcolm McKenzie, 4, dance to the Brian Waldren Band performing Christmas songs at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • The annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    The annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.
    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Ella Mcallister (left) takes a picture of her daughter Cait, 12, sitting on Santa Claus's lap at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Ella Mcallister (left) takes a picture of her daughter Cait, 12, sitting on Santa Claus's lap at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.
    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Brian Waldren, lead singer of the Brian Waldren Band, points his microphone to local children gathered at the stage to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," along with him at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Molly Blanchard, 3, sits on her uncle Ted Blanchard'd shoulders at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Molly Banzhoff, 9, (left) and her sister Gracie Blanzhoff, 11, (right) turn from admiring the nativity scene at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord when they hear the announcement that Santa Claus has arrived; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Megan Goodrich and her son Malcolm McKenzie, 4, dance to the Brian Waldren Band performing Christmas songs at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • The annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Ella Mcallister (left) takes a picture of her daughter Cait, 12, sitting on Santa Claus's lap at the annual tree lighting in downtown Concord; November 23, 2012.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

City Councilman Dick Patten has organized the annual Christmas tree lighting in downtown Concord for the past 26 years. The event in front of the state house in downtown Concord included a petting zoo, Christmas songs performed by the Brian Waldron Band, horse drawn wagon rides and fireworks after the tree was lit.

have the atheists filed the lawsuit yet??

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