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Jack London Square to host tree lighting ceremony complete with snow

The iconic Jack London Square, in Oakland California, will feature fake snow and live reindeer at its annual tree lighting ceremony this year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It will be an exciting evening, filled with a potpourri of activities that will be delightful for families," Linda Meyer, marketing director for the Jack London Square, told the news source. "It's jam-packed, it's going to be busy. But especially if the weather keeps cooperating, it's going to be a great event."

Part of the cooperative weather includes fake snow. According to the news source, the snow is an artificial creation that is comprised of 90 percent water. Each snowflake will dissipate in approximately 90 seconds, minimizing potential negative environmental impacts. Additionally, a pair of live reindeer will be brought into a petting area that children and families can visit.

Along with the aforementioned Christmas decorations and treats, a 57-foot tall Mount Shasta fir tree will be strung up with more than 5,000 LED Christmas lights, the news source reports. The lights will remain lit in the square throughout December and draw visitors to the many shops and restaurants in the square.

The LED lights selected by officials at Jack London Square represent an environmentally friendly choice that, coupled with the Square's use of eco-friendly fake snow, signifies a commitment toward sustainability. According to ENERGY STAR, LED holiday lights use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting while producing substantially less heat. This makes the lights not only a cost-effective choice for organizers but also a safe choice for visiting children.