The city of Vandalia is in search of a grand tree for its centerpiece display this holiday season.
“We’re looking for a Norway Spruce, a Blue Spruce or a Green Spruce that someone may wish to donate to the event,” said Steve Clark, director of Vandalia Parks and Recreation. “The tree should be at least 25 to 30 feet tall, and should be positioned within a yard so that it will be easy to remove.”
The city will take the tree down, for free, towards mid-November. This will give the city ample time to “deck the halls,” said Communication Manager Rich Hopkins.
“There’s no way of knowing how many potential trees there may be in Vandalia that fit the bill,” Clark said. “We just hope we’re able to locate a special tree to kick off this special event.”
The tree lighting is scheduled for Dec. 2. It will be held at the Recreation Center on Stonequarry Road.
Spectators can started arriving at 5:30 p.m., and the city will provide hot chocolate and cookies.
This is the 11th year that the city has used a donated Christmas Tree. The first was in 2008.
The Vandalia-Butler Middle School choir, bell choir or some other group will sing a few Christmas carols.
When city officials announce the winners for the grade school coloring contest, the tree will get lit and children will get a visit from Santa.
Visit the city's website for more information regarding the Christmas Tree Lighting. If you think you have a spruce that is suitable for the lighting and would like to donate it, contact Clark at 937-890-7709.
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