City Raises Largest Official Christmas Tree Ever

The official City of Columbus Christmas Tree is hoisted into place November 26, 2012, in front of City Hall. To see more photos of workers cutting down the tree, transporting it to City Hall and raising it into place, visit this photo gallery.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Columbus as the official City Christmas Tree was raised and decorated Monday morning, November 26, at the front of City Hall.

This year’s tree is an approximately 30-foot tall Blue Spruce donated by Ann Stevens of Columbus. The tree is the largest ever on display at City Hall and is decorated with about 2,000 lights among other holiday decorations.

Work crews from Frank’s Tree Service and the City of Columbus removed the tree from Stevens’ property at 2401 Pearl Street in less than an hour and transported it to City Hall in a City dump truck. The hulking tree was slowly escorted down Lafayette Avenue to avoid power lines and stop lights.

“This is the biggest one we’ve ever had,” said Columbus City Garage employee Mike Butler, who has trimmed the official City Christmas tree every year for the past 23 years. “And it looks good all the way around.”

Bryan Burton, manager of the City Garage, said the City usually finds trees that are between 18 and 20 feet tall for the official City Christmas tree, adding that the City was fortunate to have a nicely shaped, extra tall tree donated this year.

Mayor Kristen Brown expressed her gratitude to Ms. Stevens for donating the roughly 30-year-old tree to the City for its holiday display.

“Ann’s generosity will help make the holidays special for all residents of Columbus as we celebrate this time of year with her beautiful Blue Spruce at City Hall,” Mayor Brown said.

Once the freshly cut tree arrived at City Hall, the base of the trunk was carved to fit into its stand. The top of the tree was decorated with a star and lights before it was raised, and workers pulled the tree into place before noon with ropes from the roof of City Hall.

“We are thankful to Frank’s Tree Service and the City crews for their hard work,” Mayor Brown said. “Without them, our City would be missing this important piece of its holiday tradition that brings so much cheer every year.”

The rest of the tree will be decorated this week by City workers. The official lighting of the tree will be Saturday evening following the Festival of Lights parade.

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