By Andrew Kramer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s really starting to feel like Christmas time in Philadelphia. Especially at Dilworth Park outside City Hall.

That’s where the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on a brisk Saturday evening. But the thousands of people there were warmed up by the tree’s radiant glow.

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Children’s choirs and dancers kicked of the festivities before Mayor Kenney and other officials helped light the 40-foot, 4,000 pound tree.

“We wanted to make this very, very special,” Kenney said.

Kano was there with his wife soaking in the scene.

“It was awesome, the music was great, the lights were nice,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “There’s a lot of people out here, it’s a great turnout. All we’re missing is some snow.”

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Brooke and Alex were also taking it all in…

“I think it’s beautiful and it puts you in the spirit,” she says.

“I think the tree looks nice,” adds Alex. “The Liberty Bell is a nice touch.”

That’s the Liberty Bell sitting atop the tree instead of a star. Over 20 Philadelphia neighborhoods are showcased in the decorations, which include little Anna’s favorite part.

“I like the ornaments!”

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After the lighting, Anna and the other children were greeted by a special guest…Santa Claus.