ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — The Essex community started spreading holiday cheer Saturday with their annual tree lighting.

This year’s tree is a 35-foot Norway spruce, the largest tree they’ve ever had.

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A lot of people came to the Essex Museum for the event.

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Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus were both in attendance.

There was holiday music, gifts for the kids and museum tours.

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And it was all free for the community.

CBS Baltimore Staff