Nicklaus Cress, left, 8, of Prairie Village, and Cooper Jospeh, 11, of Wichita, Kan., reacted as fireworks exploded in the sky during the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas tree at Crown Center Square on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. The 100-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree, one of the nation's tallest, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration. The Douglas fir is taller than both the White House Christmas Tree and the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. There are about 7,200 white lights and more than 1,200 ornaments on the Mayor's Christmas Tree. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city's less fortunate. Last year the fund helped over 7,000 Kansas City families. After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor's Christmas Tree is made into commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. The 2013 ornament goes on sale Friday at the Crown Center Customer Service for $12.50. Donations are used to provide gifts to elderly shut-ins and hospital patients, food and clothing for the needy, parties for needy children and much more.