The city of Houston rang in the season with the 97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at Hermann Square at City Hall. Guests were treated to a holiday variety show that included performances by Michelle Williams, SVET, SoReal Cru, The Walls Group, Shlenker Star Singers and appearances by costumed characters from the Houston Ballet. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Reliant and NRG Retail President Elizabeth Killinger, along with Santa Claus, lit the official holiday tree and ignited a spectacular fireworks finale. In attendance were Kim Roxie, Carl Davis, Brenda Jackson, Judy B. Brunson, Mary Benton, Melinda Little, Paula McHam, Alicia Tolbert, Charles Conner and many more.