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The Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square was illuminated on Friday, December 19, in a brief ceremony led by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, the president of the Vatican city-state governorate.
The enormous fir tree, brought to Rome from the Calabria region, was strung with new LED lights, which will save energy. The same sort of LED lighting had been installed along the facade of St. Peter's basilica, and at the conclusion of the Friday ceremony, those lights were also switched on, by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of the basilica.
The day's ceremony also included the unveiling of the giant creche in St. Peter's Square. The nativity scene, featuring larger-than-life-sized figures, was provided by the province of Verona.