— Story and photos by Ricky Richardson —

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the City of Inglewood. Several hundred residents and people from the surrounding communities were in attendance for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, on the South Plaza of City Hall.

Despite the much-needed recent rains, the weather on this festive evening was quite pleasant. Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., other councilmembers, and the RAMs and Los Angeles Clippers Cheerleaders were also present for the occasion. Nothing says holiday season more than gathering amongst family, friends, and neighbors for a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Guy Black, Radio Host, KKJLH 102.3FM and Mrs. Claus served as Master of Ceremonies. Attendees enjoyed free light refreshments such as hot cocoa, cookies and popcorn.

Inglewood Mayor Butts turned the switch to light up the beautiful Christmas tree on the South Plaza, as well as the lights that adorned the south wall of City Hall. Everyone was able to capture the essence of the season with cameras and cell phones. Photos from the evening were trending on social media platforms.


Another highlight of the evening was a performance by two special guest vocalists. Inglewood’s own Becky G and her cousin Rah Rah thrilled the crowd with their rendition of “Santa Baby,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”  The latter served as the perfect intro as Santa Claus made his grand appearance to the delight of his many adoring young fans.

Michel’Le sang several of her hit tunes as well as a holiday classic. She opened with “No More Lies,” followed by “Silent Night,” which showcased her vocal range. Michel’Le concluded her crowd pleasing set with “Something in My Heart.”

Santa reappeared on stage to greet and to share a special gift with the kids. If your schedule permits, check out the City of Inglewood Holiday Tree while it is on display.