Even though Ingleside was badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey, city leaders are determined to carry on with their annual Christmas celebration.

That celebration was held Friday and included activities like face painting, bounce houses, free snow cones and even pony rides.

Santa Claus was even expected to be there for the Christmas tree lighting!

Those in charge of the event said despite the challenges they saw this year, the tradition is something that will help the city come back bigger and stronger.

"It gives kids a sense of normalcy, back to where we were before the hurricane," Parks and Facilities Manager Mariana Garcia said.

The Christmas tree, standing 30 feet tall, has been lit every December for the last decade.

"A lot of things have changed for kids. Some kids have lost their houses," Garcia said. "A lot of surrounding houses are still badly affected, badly, by the hurricane."

Since they are continuing to recover from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, this year's celebration carries a different meaning for the city.

The Ingleside Library, which usually holds their own tree lighting ceremony but is still closed due to storm damage, decided to team up with the City to put on an even bigger event this year.

"Help bring everybody back together," said John Witt of the Ingleside Water Department. "Hopefully take a little distraction off of recovery efforts and everything."

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