This year, the city will not be able to install the tree of lights on top of our water tower due to a wireless carrier project happening at Jack Long Park.
Instead, the city will install a 20-foot tree in the Jerry Smith Town Center Plaza, 23204 58th Avenue W, in early December. The purchase of this tree was made possible by a number of local sponsors who came together to fund a new tree in 2020 to add cheer during the pandemic. However, at that time, the plaza construction was not yet completed and there was no power available.
Although there will be a tree lit in the plaza, this year's ceremony will not take place because the program featured elementary school choirs and visits with Santa. With children under 12 just beginning to receive vaccinations, the city did not want to encourage a large-scale gathering with young children in close proximity while unmasked.
The city looks forward to celebrating events when it is safe to do so.