MONROE, La (KTVE/KARD)– It was a joyous celebration tonight at the Civic Center in Monroe. The city held its annual Christmas tree lighting just in time for the holiday season.

Holiday cheer was in the air as citizens of West Monroe and Monroe came together as a community to celebrate the Christmas season. It was a big turnout as many families brought their young children to see the holiday lights and enjoy the Christmas music. In attendance for the ceremony were Asja Jordan, Miss ULM of 2022, Ryia Williams, miss Monroe of 2022, and Mayor Friday Ellis.

“This one is just so perfect because it is the holiday season and you cant just feel the holiday spirit here. there’s kids running around, beautiful lights and I’m just excited for the holidays”, said Asja Jordan.

“It was a beautiful ceremony tonight. I’m so glad to get back out after the year we’ve had and to be able to celebrate Christmas and enjoy it all together. It was just a beautiful ceremony”, Ryia Williams told me.

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the city of Monroe.