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SANDY TO HOST 1ST-EVER YULE-LIGHTING GALA

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For the first time, Sandy will hold a special celebration later this month to mark the beginning of the holiday season.

And while it might not rival the annual lighting of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, city officials envision their own lighting ceremony becoming an annual tradition that could eventually draw huge crowds to the civic center area.The lighting ceremony is set for Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on the south side of City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, just north of the South Towne Center mall. Mayor Tom Dolan will flip the switch on nearly 20,000 lights that will adorn the building and its grounds throughout the holiday season. That's about five times as many lights as have been used to decorate City Hall in the past.

"City Hall is the focal point of our new downtown district and the real heart of our community," Dolan said in a press release. "We want the spirit of this season to emanate from here."

The display will include a lighted water fountain and lighted deer. A 16-foot Christmas tree, surrounded by gift boxes and a giant nutcracker, will be visible from the building's ledge.