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Happy Holidays: Tree lighting, plus visit from Santa, at hospital

December 6, 2017
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Lehigh Acres - minus the snow, of course. But people are still getting into the holiday spirit.

The Lehigh Regional Medical Center will host its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa on Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center, at 1500 Lee Blvd. The event has been going on for over 10 years.

"It allows the hospital to interact with the community and celebrate the holidays, as well as connect with our children in the community because we are having Santa here for free photographs," Jennifer Marshall, marketing manager at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, said.

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"It makes us real," she said. "It adds a human touch, and everybody loves Santa."

The center funds the entire event.

"It's free and open to the public," Marshall said.

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Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. on a fire truck and the tree lighting will take place at about 6 p.m. The Christmas tree is over 30 feet tall. Put up a week before, it will come down after season is over.

Free cookies, egg nog and hot chocolate will be provided to the public.

In the past, the center has had a good turnout for the event.

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa


Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd.

"Usually, we have several hundred people show up," she said.

Marshall said she hears buildup for the event throughout the year from the community.

"People will start saying, 'I'm excited for that Saturday, I'm looking forward to seeing Santa,'" she said.

Planning for the event takes a while.

"It takes months and months of planning and well over 10 people working together to make sure it happens," Marshall said.

She noted that getting Santa Claus this close to Christmas is hard since he is busy making toys, but Santa wanted to make the stop to Lehigh Acres to provide the community joy and well wishes.

"The hospital is very important to him and the children of Lehigh are very important to him, so he is making a special stop here," Marshall said.



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