BY KRISSI HUMBARD — The city kicked off the holiday season with its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at Magruder Park on Dec. 1.

Student band, choir and dance groups from Felegy Elementary School performed for the crowd. City staff handed out hot chocolate while Santa strolled around, posing for pictures and talking to children. Before the tree was lit, Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth dedicated the tree to Hyattsville City Police Department Sgt. Tony Knox, an officer in the K-9 unit who lost an eye in a battle with cancer, citing his service to the city. “This tree, this year stands for the good and goodness that we want to see in our homes, in our community and in the world,” Hollingsworth said. She then flipped the switch and the tree lit up, to many cheers from the residents gathered.

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