ALTOONA Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The city of Altoona kicked off its holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. Community members gathered at River Prairie Park for the fourth annual event.

Santa and some of his reindeer were also there to help spread the holiday joy. City Council President Matt Biren says it’s always great to have the community in a festive mood. 

“We’re so thankful the weather held out. The community comes out together and is able to celebrate with us and enjoy this year over year. This just makes it such a special event for everyone to mark the holidays”

Altoona will have tree lighting with the Lions Club at Tenth Street Park, as well as other holiday parties at the events center.