Hundreds of adults and children alike flocked to downtown Beeville last Thursday night to witness and partake in the return of an annual tradition that was on hiatus last year.

The annual Christmas tree lighting event on the square of the Bee County Courthouse drew a large crowd to downtown Dec. 2.

The event, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, featured vendors, food trucks, performances from a multitude of local school groups, the lighting of the city’s Christmas “tree” and, of course, a visit from Santa.

The Grinch as well as Olaf from “Frozen” could also be found gallivanting around the square to pose for pictures with children and some adults who still have the Christmas spirit.

The freshly-cleaned “Spirit of Beeville” even received some attention during the event.

Angel Care Ambulance co-founder Mickie Trevino along with Bee County Clerk Nickelle Clark Gonzales organized a clean-up event for the jet, which pays homage to Bee County’s history as the home of a pilot training facility at Naval Air Station Chase Field.

Trevino and Gonzales recruited volunteers from Ballet Folklorico de Beeville and The Barnhart Foundation, as well as missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to help clean the jet before the lighting event.

The freshly-bathed “Spirit of Beeville” now sports its own lighted wreath over its nose that will stay on throughout the holiday season.