FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker is set to light up the holidays as the installation officially kicks off the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Howze Field from 5-6 p.m., followed by the annual spaghetti dinner at The Landing from 6-7:30 p.m.

People can enjoy the lighting of the post Christmas tree with holiday music, complimentary hot chocolate and a special visitor from the North Pole. Additionally, singers from the Girls Scouts, Fort Rucker Child Development Center and post chapel will sing holiday favorites during the ceremony, according to Lynn Avila, Fort Rucker special events coordinator.

During the ceremony, winners of the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Ornament Contest will be announced from three categories: 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. Winners from the contest will get the chance to help light the post tree, she said.

Following the lighting of the tree, The Landing will host its annual spaghetti dinner, which includes a choice of pasta and sauce, garlic bread, assorted cookies, and tea and coffee. While there, people are also invited to take photos with the Santa Claus at The Landing. There will also be special treats for children.

Prices for the dinner are $10 for adults ages 13 and older, $5 for children ages 3-12 and children younger than 2 eat for free. There is also a family option, which covers two adults and two children under 12 for $25.

For more information on the dinner, call 255-0769.

Those who do not possess Department of Defense identification cards are reminded that they must obtain a gate access pass to enter the installation. Visitors may obtain passes from the visitor control centers at the Daleville and Ozark gates. The Daleville VCC is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Sundays. The Ozark VCC is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Those with a valid Department of Defense common access card, retiree ID or military dependent ID do not need a visitor access badge. Only active duty and retired U.S. service members and their dependents, and DA civilians with a valid, DOD-issued ID card may escort visitors, according to Fort Rucker's website.