Gallery: The holidays light up downtown Casper

The community Christmas tree lights up during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at the David Street Station skate plaza in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The second-annual community Christmas tree came alive after a short ceremony on a wintery Saturday night.

After a quick countdown, dignitaries pushed a button and the tree started to glow.

The tree is anchored in the center of the summer splash pad.

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The new ice rink, which officially opened earlier that day, had been cleared of skaters just before the ceremony. The rink was busy most of the day with Casper skaters taking advantage of the new outdoor attraction. Casper’s annual Christmas parade started shortly thereafter.

The festive scene was the final piece of a multi-year project to build an outdoor plaza to revitalize the downtown area.

The tree will stand through the holidays, and the ice rink is expected to remain through Easter. There’s a $5 fee to skate, and rentals are $2.

People take selfies after the tree is lit during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2918, at the David Street Station plaza in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Crowds surround the ice rink before a tree lighting ceremony at David Street Station on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Members of Opera Wyoming sing Christmas carols before a tree lighting ceremony at the David Street Station plaza on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)