65-foot Christmas tree in place in downtown Edmonton

After missing last year because of LRT construction, the giant Christmas tree has returned to downtown Edmonton.

The Edmonton Downtown Business Association will light the tree with a small ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Related

Santa spotted on Highway 43 near Whitecourt

Windsor Park resident donates 45-foot Christmas tree to City Hall

Gone in 70 seconds: what happens when you don’t water your Christmas tree

“This year, we wanted to bring some Christmas cheer back to the area,” DBA executive director Ian O’Donnell said. “We realize that is important for the city but also to bring people to our main public square.”

The usual spectacle that comes with the tree lighting will be scaled back this year, as much of Sir Winston Churchill Square is still being taken up by LRT construction.

O’Donnell said safety concerns will keep the DBA from packing as many people into the square as it normally does, but the association wanted to make sure there was a small ceremony for those who wanted to come out.

“We want to make sure that our main public square is our main public square,” he said. “Even with construction and disruption around it, we want people to come down; we want people to come enjoy it.”

Crews move the 65-foot Christmas tree through downtown Edmonton. The tree will be lit up in Sir Winston Churchill Square next week.

Crews move the 65-foot Christmas tree through downtown Edmonton. The tree will be lit up in Sir Winston Churchill Square next week.

Crews move the 65-foot Christmas tree through downtown Edmonton. The tree will be lit up in Sir Winston Churchill Square next week.

Crews unload the 65-foot Christmas tree in Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton.

Crews unload the 65-foot Christmas tree in Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton.

Crews unload the 65-foot Christmas tree in Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton.

The small ceremony will include a choir and refreshments, and O’Donnell said the tree will officially be lit up at around 5:45 p.m.

The white spruce stands about 65 feet high and weighs an estimated 2,880 kg. It originally came from the Millar Western Forest Management Agreement area near Whitecourt.

It was cut down and moved to Edmonton on Thursday, arriving late Thursday night to avoid as much traffic as possible, and was erected at around 1 a.m.

EPCOR will decorate the tree next week with about 14,000 lights before the official lighting on Friday night.

This is the 13th year the tree has been erected in downtown Edmonton to mark the beginning of the holiday season.

Source: Read Full Article