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Olympic gold medalist ice dancers help light Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White helped Mayor Sly James light the tree at Crown Center Friday.

Before they took the stage there were plenty of Christmas favorites Then they lit candles and sang Silent Night as parents hoisted their children on their shoulders for the lighting and fireworks spectacular that followed.

"I love the Christmas season anything to get into the season," Hannah Dykes said.

"The tree lighting the music the fireworks it`s all good," said Joe Sauter.

The 100 foot Douglas Fir from Oregon is one of the tallest Christmas trees in the nation, taller than both the White House Christmas Tree and the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. There are about 7,200 white lights and more than 1,200 ornaments on the Mayor`s Christmas Tree.

Once this tree comes down after Christmas, they will use the wood to make Christmas Ornaments they sell to support the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund to help seniors, children and people with disabilities.

Davis and White were in town to help promote the U.S. Figure Skating Championships which will take place at the Sprint Center in January.