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From left, Artesia General Hospital board members Jason Hessler, Clara Mauritsen, Bob Tyk, CEO, Perry Conner and David Grousnick pose in front of the large Christmas tree outside AGH following a lighting worthy of Rockefeller Center Tuesday. Tyk welcomed AGH staff and members of the public before throwing the switch on the tree and inviting everyone inside for refreshments and entertainment by the Artesia High School Show Choir, under the direction of Susie Parker. The event even included an early visit from Santa Claus (Joe Schiel); below, St. Nick poses for a photo with Anayeli Rubio, left, and Mariel Gonzales.

(Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Above and below, members of the Artesia High School Show Choir perform selections of holiday music during Artesia General Hospital’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

(Brienne Green – Daily Press)