Zona Rosa fuses old traditions with new at annual tree lighting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 50-foot-tall Christmas tree in Zona Rosa was finally lit Wednesday night! The 10-year tradition kicks off a new tradition called "Orange Wednesday."

It's a time where Black Friday sales go up starting at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Families and friends braced the blistering cold to count down.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Fairy Princess came out to help light up Town Center. The Grinch tried a couple of times to steal Christmas, but in the end, it didn't work.

A child from the crowd was able to flip the switch and light up the entire shopping center. Hanging all around the square, you could see five huge crowns, there were six if you included the tree topper.

Those are replicas of the crowns that once hung in downtown Kansas City. It's a bit of nostalgia to bring back the old and mix it with the new.

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