By Ling-Mei Wong
Mayor Thomas Menino brought some holiday cheer to Chinatown during the Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 8 at Phillips Square.
Menino was joined by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for 16 tree lightings throughout Boston from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8. At each location, children lined up to take pictures with Santa and the brightly lit tree.
Chinatown Main Street and local businesses provided hot tea and light refreshments while Macy’s gave gift bags to children.
This year’s tree lighting is the last for Menino and marks the end of his term as Boston’s mayor. He will step down on Jan. 6, 2014 as mayor-elect Marty Walsh takes office. Menino will begin work at Boston University in February.
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