Temperatures dipped into the 40s Saturday evening in Banning but hundreds of people braved the chill and stayed well past sundown to enjoy live music, fire engine rides and manufactured snow at the Phineas Festival of Lights.
The Phineas Festival, organized by volunteers, church members, and the Banning Cultural Alliance, included the Banning Chamber of Commerce's tree lighting ceremony at the Ring of Honor on the corner of Ramsey Street and San Gorgonio Avenue.
The festival featured a youth craft booth, tours of the downtown area on decorated fire trucks, a snow hill, a living nativity featuring live animals and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Members of staged Living Christmas Tree choral music at the base of a multi-tiered, bedecked artificial tree.
The fire trucks were provided by the Hammer brothers of Fire Memories Inc.