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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree in Shirlington Village

Hundreds turn out for annual event.

Shirlie Lights Up the Village brought hundreds of children and adults out Tuesday night for the annual holiday tree lighting. Photo by Jason Spencer
Shirlie Lights Up the Village brought hundreds of children and adults out Tuesday night for the annual holiday tree lighting. Photo by Jason Spencer

Happy Holidays, Shirlington.

Shirlie Lights Up the Village took place Tuesday night, despite a few traffic backups that probably seemed longer than they were thanks to a water main break nearby earlier in the day.

Hundreds turned out for the annual event, which featured the lighting of the tree, photos with Santa, live music and horse-drawn carriage rides.

"It's just nice, a little village setting," said Beth Hodgin of Fairlington, who had just finished dancing with her 3-year-old daughter, Addison, to "Jingle Bell Rocks."

"That's kind of why we love Shirlington, too," she said. "It's a nice way to celebrate. It's very family-friendly and dog-friendly here."

Allison Seymour from Fox 5 DC and Santa — helped by a small mob of youngsters — did the tree-lighting honors.

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