Santa Claus and an elf arrive on Flightlinez, the zipline that travels underneath the Viva Vision canopy, during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
KSNV coverage of the lighting of the Christmas tree on Fremont Street, Dec. 12, 2011.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman taking to a stage with Santa Claus, who ziplined down Fremont Street, can only mean one thing — time to light Las Vegas’ official Christmas tree.
Hundreds gathered Tuesday evening on Fremont Street to watch the lighting of the 50-foot tall tree, which took three days to assemble.
It was Goodman’s first time as mayor lighting the tree.
“I think it’s fabulous. I love the people. I love the show that’s on. I love the (Fremont Street) Experience and I love that Santa came down a zipline,” Goodman, who was elected earlier this year, told Kevin Janison, KSNV-TV meteorologist.
Live performances from the Candy & The Canes followed the ceremony where Goodman helped flip the switch that illuminated the tree and its topper — a glowing Fremont Street sign.
The tree will be on display until Dec. 26 and lit nightly under the 12.5 million lights of the Fremont Street canopy.
John Zeller, director of mall operations for Fremont Street Experience designed and built the tree specifically for Fremont Street.
The tree was lit live on “Good Morning America” in 2009 by Mayor Oscar Goodman as part of a national lighting ceremony.
Fremont Street ExperienceLegendary casinos, free entertainment, old-fashioned gambling hospitality – this is the vintage Vegas of the Fremont Street Experience. Some say it's almost intimate. You may even run into one of the casino owners while you sit at the blackjack table. Some say it's the free entertainment that makes us vintage. On any given night you may see famous bands, strolling showgirls, or an amazing saxophone performance. Some say it's the history. Las Vegas started 100 years ago in 1905 near the corner of Fremont and Main Streets. Fremont Street was the first paved street. The Fremont Hotel opened 50 years ago and launched the careers of famous entertainers like Wayne Newton. Others say it's the service. A dining experience at Hugo's Cellar inside the Four Queens is unrivaled and renowned. And we can't forget the gambling. Test your fortune at The Lady Luck or Fitzgeralds casinos on some of the loosest slots in town.