Students from Orange County School of the Arts perform at the tree lighting ceremony for South Coast Plaza.
Tree-lighting ceremonies are one of the usual indicators that the holiday season has arrived. South Coast Plaza marked the tradition Nov. 21 with its 32nd annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The Orange County School of the Arts helped kick off the event with singing and dancing.
Early arrivers received a free Santa hat and gift bags filled with treats. Hundreds of guests wrapped themselves in warm clothing and gathered on the Town Center lawn to enjoy the performances and see the 96-foot-tall decorated tree illuminated with hundreds of lights.