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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The holiday spirit was all over Middle Georgia on Tuesday as the city of Fort Valley hosted their annual tree lighting.

Something like a christening of Christmas, many gathered to watch Mayor Beverly Williams flip the switch to turn on the lights in downtown and kick off the countdown to Christmas.

Williams says this is something everybody in Fort Valley has been waiting for.

“It’s an exciting time of the year for the young and the old and it just kind of starts off the holiday season right for us,” said the mayor.

People took pictures in front of the tree and even celebrated the town square’s holiday decor over hot coco. The lights will stay on through New year’s.

The lights are a combined effort of the public works department, utilities commission and community members.

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