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The night marked the official start of the holiday season with a crowd countdown to Mayor Michael Hancock flipping the switch to turn on the lights for the first time!

The Excel Institute Special Youth Choral and the Denver Gay Men's Chorus joined 9NEWS in the festivities as well as Old St. Nick who was there for photo opportunities.

After Friday, the lights turn on every night at 5:45 p.m. and are programmed to turn off at 10:45 p.m. through Jan. 25.

********* HOLIDAY CARDS ***********

9NEWS and the City and County of Denver are offering a box of nine greeting cards with each card featuring a historical photo of the Denver City and County building brightly lit for the holidays.

Cards are being exclusively offered at King Soopers stores. Pick up your own set of cards for only $9.99 with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Light the Lights Fund. Money from this fund is used to support the lighting display by purchasing new LED lights and any up keep to the current display. Support for this fund raiser came from Mike's Camera!

********** The Denver Gay Men's Chorus *********

The Denver Gay Men's Chorus exists to build community through music. The members of the Chorus provide educational, cultural and social enrichment for their audiences.

Their Christmas concert is coming up on Dec. 20. Tickets are now available.

Denver Gay Men's Chorus Christmas concert - Sing We Merry, Gentlemen
Dec 20, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver campus
http://www.rmarts.org