24th annual Winter Holiday Stroll: From small and cozy to huge and friendly

Staff file photo A throng of visitors to the 2011 Winter Holiday Stroll fill Railroad Square and the Main Street Bridge area after arriving for the official tree lighting ceremony. That year's crowd was estimated at more than 30,000.

Just weeks after his arrival, City Hall’s newest hire had an idea. It was the fall of 1994, and the holidays, as they are wont to do, were creeping ever closer at breakneck speed.

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