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The cold wind was blowing strong. Still, several hundred showed up for The City of Bessemer Annual Christmas Tree Light Ceremony on Sunday, December 1, at Debardeleben Park in downtown Bessemer. The evenings Master of Ceremony was Bessemer City Councilor Ron Marshall. The music was provided by One Time Entertainment DJ Mac Taylor. Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley gave the greetings and officially gave the countdown to light the tree. After the lighting of the tree, Santa Claus arrived in a fire engine escorted by Bessemer Police with gifts. Before the ceremony, lucky people received a raffle ticket, which was used to raffle of the gifts. The gifts included gift certificates worth $50 and $100 to The Bright Star, Bob Sykes, Cracker Barrel, Target and other places, kids bicycles, mountain bikes, flat-screen TVs, Samsung Tablets, blue tooth speakers, Xboxs, FitBits, Playstation 4s, and other wonderful items. The gift sponsors were Paden & Paden, EEFS, and RPS-Ambulance - Charles King. Make sure you go by Debardeleben Park downtown Bessemer and see the beautiful tree and the lovely decorations that line the street polls, which brings the city alive with a magical sense of the holidays.