The Plaza Lights are on and now the Mayor’s Christmas Tree has been lit.

It’s officially Christmastime in Kansas City. Kansas City residents braved the cold to view the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Crown Center Square Friday night. Skaters filled the outdoor rink. Children viewed the toy trains and other displays. Then, a 100-foot-tall Douglas fir decorated with 7,200 lights and 1,200 ornaments was lit up for all to see.

The tradition began in 1878, picked up in earnest in 1908. It moved from City Hall to Crown Center in the early 70s. It kicks off the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund in Kansas City that hopes to help 2,500 needy families this Christmas season.