Click on one of the pictures to see a slide show.
Belair Mansion was lit up for the ceremony. Prior to the tree lighting, the museum hosted the 16th Annual Candlelight Open House.
The city described the evening's events as follows
Holiday History at Twilight
Belair Mansion's Sixteenth Annual Candlelight Open House will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Enjoy rooms from different eras - all bedecked with holiday cheer. The music of "Bedlam" will fill the air and cider and cookies will be enjoyed in the 1930's kitchen. Admission is free; donations to the Bowie Food Pantry are requested. No reservations are required.
This year, in celebration of Belair At Bowie's 50th Anniversary, the City Christmas Tree returns to Belair Mansion. Long a feature at the Mansion, before the City Hall move to Kenhill Drive, the tree has come back! Santa will visit, lights will be lit, old holiday memories will return --- and new ones will be made! Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m.
The sun room in the west wing of the mansion was set-up for the kids to meet with Santa.
The west wing of the mansion.
Nichelle Fullen and the Bowie City Council led the crowd in singing Christmas Carols. Nichelle has been doing a terrific job leading the carols for the last several years. Click here to see Nichelle's art work, and click here to see Nichelle perform America the Beautiful at a Bowie church.
The lighting of the Christmas tree
Nichelle Fullen and the City Council sing a modified version of "Here Comes Santa Claus." "Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Tulip Grove Drive..."
Click on one of the pictures to view a slide show.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on Tower 39
Santa and Mrs. Claus are lowered to the ground on Tower 39
Santa and Mrs. Claus enter Belair Mansion
Bedlam performed in the mansion
The volunteer firefighters were posing for a picture in front of the Christmas tree. The camera's flash made the reflective strips on their uniforms stand out.
Belair Mansion from Tulip Grove Drive. People are lined up at the door to see Santa.