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A crowd of well-wishers -- including families, entertainers and Mayor Marie Gilmore -- braved the cold weather Dec. 7 for the city of Alameda's annual Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, which featured performances from community groups like the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees. Above, the Christmas tree in front of City Hall is lit at the ceremony. Right, Sal Birtola and The Mistletones perform their "Rockin' Holiday Show" after the lighting.


The Christmas tree in front of City Hall is lit at the annual tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall in Alameda, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
The Christmas tree in front of City Hall is lit at the annual tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall in Alameda, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)


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Sal Birtola and the Mistletones perform at the annual tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall in Alameda, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (Dan
Sal Birtola and the Mistletones perform at the annual tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall in Alameda, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)