Stu Tassmer of Hamden and his granddaughter, Karly Tassmer, 5, react at the moment that the thousands of lights at Constitution Plaza are lit. Behind Karly is her sister, Angela DeCapua, 7, of Hamden. Thousands of people attended the 34th annual Festival of Light ceremony held on the plaza which included a carol sing and the arrival of Santa by helicopter.
Stephen Dunn / The Hartford Courant
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