Rome holds annual Christmas Tree lighting

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome's annual tree lighting took place Friday night on Court and James Streets. The event brought Santa, the Strough Band, choirs and more to join the community in lighting the tree.

There were also free wagon rides offered to kids around the Trinkhaus Village Display and a bike give-away through a program called "Bikes For Kids".

Ryan Hickey, a recreational specialist, said, "They collect bikes from the police department and donated bikes. They fix them up during the year and give them out during events. This is a big one. They gave out over 150 bikes here to the community."

Hickey refers to the organization Bikes for Kids, Inc in Rome, which is headed by Ron Crever.

After the lighting of the tree, spectators enjoyed a fireworks display.

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