Children, Santa bring in the holidays

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Daniel and Drea Huffman, with their daughter Amelia, select gifts from the toy table during annual Christmas tree lighting festivities Dec 1, 2017, at the Hill Air Force Base Arts & Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Col. Jennifer Hammerstedt, 75th Air Base Wing commander, welcomes visiting families to the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities Dec 1, 2017, at the Hill Air Force Base Arts & Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Col. Kent Hansen, 419th Mission Support Group commander, entertains children with Christmas stories Dec. 1, 2017, during Christmas tree lighting festivities at the Hill Air Force Base Arts & Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Santa arrives by fire truck Dec. 1, 2017, to visit with children and families during the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Arts & Crafts Center on Hill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Santa and his reindeer arrive to visit with children and families during the annual Christmas tree lighting, Dec. 1st at the Arts & Crafts Center on Hill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Daniel and Dreyia Huffman, with their daughter Ameilia, spin the wheel and receive a gift from Mearle Tilton, 75th Force Support Squadron. Visiting families enjoyed many activities during the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities Dec 1, 2017, at the Hill Air Force Base Arts & Crafts Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

CHILDREN JOIN SANTA TO BRING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Hill Air Force Base families and friends celebrate a Christmas tree lighting with Santa, Dec. 1st at the Arts & Crafts Center on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Annual Christmas tree lighting activities here are always fun events for base families and friends. Organized by 75th Force Support Squadron, these festivities are held each year in the parking lot at the Arts & Crafts Center.

This year, visitors were treated to many fun Christmas-themed activities including storytelling, holiday music, and snacks. Children liked the gift table where they were encouraged to select several items to take with them. Another highlight was the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire engine. He visited with children and then joined them at the ceremonial ‘big light switch’ to light the Christmas tree and officially begin the holiday season.