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The annual event included performances and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Caroline McCarthy, 11, held her sister, Clare, 5, while waiting for Santa to arrive at the Macy's downtown Boston tree lighting on Friday. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe
The annual event included performances and the arrival of Santa Claus. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff
Pedestrians passed a window in downtown Boston following the tree lighting. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe
Carolyn Prucher and her daughter Maddie , 6, admired a window following the Macy's downtown Boston tree lighting.Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe
Brady Cushman , 6, dawned an elf hat while admiring the Christmas tree following the Macy's downtown Boston tree lighting.Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff