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Photos by Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media Maggie Bielinski (right) helps Santa Claus flip the switch to turn on the lights on the holiday tree Saturday, Dec. 1, in Wilmette.
The holiday tree lights up through the wet rain and weather.
Music Theater Works and St. Joes students perform holiday songs.
Santa arrives via fire truck and firefighter escort.
Alexa Burnell, Freelance Reporter
1:12 pm CST December 2, 2018
Due to the pelting rain and whipping winds on Saturday, Dec. 1, Santa kicked his old sleigh to the curb, asking the Wilmette Fire Department to personally escort him to Village Hall instead, so he could hear the wishes of local children and enjoy the official lighting of holiday tree.