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Team Fairchild celebrates holiday season

Team Fairchild gathers in front of the base chapel for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Santa Claus joined Team Fairchild and their families at the chapel for caroling, cookies, hot chocolate and the lighting of the holiday tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Team Fairchild gathers in front of the base chapel for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Santa Claus joined Team Fairchild and their families at the chapel for caroling, cookies, hot chocolate and the lighting of the holiday tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, welcomes Michael Anderson Elementary students to the stage to call for Santa Claus during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Children with deployed parents were asked to join Samuelson on stage to welcome Santa Claus to the base chapel to light the tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, welcomes Michael Anderson Elementary students to the stage to call for Santa Claus during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Children with deployed parents were asked to join Samuelson on stage to welcome Santa Claus to the base chapel to light the tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Children rush to hug Santa Claus as he arrives at the base chapel for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Santa greeted the crowd with hugs and high-fives prior to lighting the holiday tree with children of deployed members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Children rush to hug Santa Claus as he arrives at the base chapel for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Santa greeted the crowd with hugs and high-fives prior to lighting the holiday tree with children of deployed members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The ceremony is an annual event that brings base community members together to enjoy holiday songs, cookies, hot chocolate and the lighting of the holiday tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The ceremony is an annual event that brings base community members together to enjoy holiday songs, cookies, hot chocolate and the lighting of the holiday tree. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Michael Anderson Elementary choir students sing holiday songs for the crowd during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The students sang holiday favorites in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is an annual event that brings base community members together to enjoy holiday songs, cookies and hot chocolate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Michael Anderson Elementary choir students sing holiday songs for the crowd during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The students sang holiday favorites in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is an annual event that brings base community members together to enjoy holiday songs, cookies and hot chocolate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Santa Claus helps children of deployed members light the holiday tree during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec.1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. During the ceremony, Santa joined Team Fairchild and their families at the base chapel for holiday caroling, cookies and hot chocolate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Santa Claus helps children of deployed members light the holiday tree during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec.1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. During the ceremony, Santa joined Team Fairchild and their families at the base chapel for holiday caroling, cookies and hot chocolate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild was joined by Santa Claus for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the base chapel Dec. 1.

The ceremony has been enjoyed by Fairchild members and their families for more than 35 years. Attendees enjoyed caroling, hot chocolate, cookies, the holiday tree lighting and sitting on Santa’s lap.