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PHOTOS: Lighting of Fort Worth’s community Christmas tree in Sundance Square plaza

An estimated 8,000 people packed Sundance Square plaza on Wednesday for the 77th annual lighting of the community Christmas tree. Marie Osmond entertained the crowed before she was joined by Mayor Mattie Parker to count down the lighting of the 80-foot Norway spruce, believed to be the tallest live Christmas tree in Texas.

The largest live Christmas tree in Texas, an 80-foot Norway spruce from Michigan, was illuminated during a ceremony Wednesday in the Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
The largest live Christmas tree in Texas, an 80-foot Norway spruce from Michigan, was illuminated during a ceremony Wednesday in the Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker and Marie Osmond react after counting down to the lighting of Fort Worth’s Christmas tree in Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker and Marie Osmond react after counting down to the lighting of Fort Worth’s Christmas tree in Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
An estimated 8,000 people packed Sundance Sguare plaza Wednesday for the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
An estimated 8,000 people packed Sundance Sguare plaza Wednesday for the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Marie Osmond entertained the crowd before the lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Marie Osmond entertained the crowd before the lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Marie Osmond entertained the crowd during Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Marie Osmond entertained the crowd during Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Several people gathered around and donated to the Giving Machine before Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. The Giving Machines offer a cashless way to give donations to regional and global nonprofits. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Several people gathered around and donated to the Giving Machine before Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. The Giving Machines offer a cashless way to give donations to regional and global nonprofits. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Melanie Lundeen makes her choice at the Giving Machine as daughter McKayla Parr looks on during Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. The machines offer a cashless way to give donations to nonprofits. Bob Booth/Bob Booth
Melanie Lundeen makes her choice at the Giving Machine as daughter McKayla Parr looks on during Fort Worth’s lighting of the 77th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree in Sundance Square plaza. The machines offer a cashless way to give donations to nonprofits. Bob Booth/Bob Booth