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A sizable crowd braved the rainy weather Saturday to attend the fourth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll on Piedmont Avenue. Above left, accordionist Salane Schultz led the crowd in singing holiday carols as a buildup to Santa's arrival. Above right, Santa greets the children, who formed a line to have photos taken with him. Above, the lit tree is shown at Key Route Plaza. "The event was a great opportunity to bring all of the community together and to thank all of the residents and businesses for making Piedmont Avenue a truly special place," said Noella Teele, co-owner of Issues magazine store on Glen Avenue.