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Christmas tree lighting kicks of Wintertide Holiday Festival in Charlottetown

Children's Wish Foundation wish child Dakota Gallant, centre, takes in the Wintertide Holiday Festival tree lighting with his parents Brad and Stacey Gallant on Nov. 23, 2018 in Charlottetown. Dakota joined Father Christmas earlier in the night for the countdown to the tree lighting.
Children's Wish Foundation wish child Dakota Gallant, centre, takes in the Wintertide Holiday Festival tree lighting with his parents Brad and Stacey Gallant on Nov. 23, 2018 in Charlottetown. Dakota joined Father Christmas earlier in the night for the countdown to the tree lighting. - Ryan Ross

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Christmas has come early in Charlottetown.

Hundreds of people gathered on Grafton Street near the Confederation Centre of the Arts Friday night to watch the Christmas tree lighting to kick off the Wintertide Holiday Festival. 

Singer Julia Dunn performs outside the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Nov. 23, 2018 during the Wintertide Holiday Festival tree lighting ceremony.
Singer Julia Dunn performs outside the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Nov. 23, 2018 during the Wintertide Holiday Festival tree lighting ceremony.

Children's Wish Foundation wish child Dakota Gallant helped Father Christmas count down to the tree lighting on a cold night that saw a few wind gusts strong enough to blow over one of the portable light stands at the event.

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The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus performed for the crowd before singer Julia Dunn stepped to the microphone to sing "When Christmas Comes to Town."

Tents also lined nearby Queen Street for an open-air market as part of the city's Victorian Christmas.

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