The MEI Screaming Eagles band led the parade that circled the podium level of Highstreet on Saturday night. Christmas music, dancers, a giant sized snowman and reindeer were joined by a horse drawn sleigh with Santa. Then came what many had waited for – the lighting of the 65 foot tree. The perfectly shaped tree contains over 6,000 lights that can display selected colours and patterns. Top this off with two artificial snow machines that bring winter to a rainy evening and you have a scene that definitely dazzled a very large crowd of onlookers.