Middle Smithfield Township kicked off the Christmas season with its 7th annual tree lighting Saturday night.

Hundreds gathered in Echo Lake Park to watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive and light the tree.

The East Stroudsburg North High School band and choir provided music for the night.

Organizers say year after year, the tree lighting is a highly-anticipated event in the Middle Smithfield community.

"This is one of our most well-attended events, especially for the kids. It's great for the kids to come and really see the parks being involved with that for all the kids," said Michelle Dellavalle of the township's Parks and Recreation Department.

After the lights on the tree were turned on, the sky was also lit up with a fireworks display.