SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The second annual tree lighting ceremony at Union Station was held Tuesday as it marks the official beginning of the station’s busy holiday travel season.

Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with other dignitaries stopped by to light the special Christmas tree that even features a toy train going around it. This festive event marks the official beginning of the station’s busy holiday travel season.

The historic concourse at Union Station is once again filled with holiday spirit and for Congressman Neal, this means lighting up people’s lives ever so slightly as they walk through the station during the holiday season, “It’s the symbolism of the role that light plays in our lives and in the most grim moments, the darkest moments, it’s still those who herald the opportunity to offer light for understanding and peace in our lives.”

Students from the Sci-Tech High School choir performed “Believe” from Polar Express and “Rise Up” on the concourse at Springfield’s Union Station.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), along with Peter Pan Bus LinesGreyhound Lines, and the Hartford Line commuter rail have services at Springfield Union Station.