Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday — rain or shine — for the mayor’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, along with a host of other kid-friendly activities in downtown Burbank. 

At the event, the Burbank Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and sporting goods for local needy children. The toys will be distributed through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Service Agency.

“Everything we collect in town stays in town,” said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson, adding that officials will be collecting toys through Christmas Eve.

The tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, located at 275 E. Olive Ave.

Afterward, a number of activities will be offered, including performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater and Circus Vargas at the Rink, the temporary ice-skating rink that has taken over the parking lot behind City Hall, city officials said.

Event-goers can also visit an arts and crafts table and photo booth set up adjacent to the ice rink by the Media City Church, said Mary Hamzoian, the city’s economic development manager.

A table will also be set up for people to write holiday greeting cards to U.S. troops, she added.

For more information, call (818) 238-5180 or visit www.downtown-burbank.org

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