Mayor Kristen Brown invites the community to help ring in the holiday season Monday, December 2nd, with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree. A special ceremony, including the tree lighting and refreshments, will be held at the front of City Hall beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. December 2nd.
This year’s Christmas tree is one of the largest to ever be displayed at City Hall. The 28-foot tall blue spruce and a 16-foot tall companion blue spruce on display outside of The Commons were generously donated by Tanya Romine and her father, Loren White.
Mr. White planted the trees nearly 30 years ago in the front yard of his family’s California Street home. Tanya Romine kindly offered both trees to the City this year because they had grown too large for the property. This is the first time two trees have been donated to the City.
“The Christmas tree at City Hall is one of our most beautiful and significant holiday traditions that so many in our community enjoy during the Christmas season,” Mayor Brown said. “We are sincerely grateful to the White family for their generous donation that will help make the holidays special for all residents of Columbus as we celebrate this time of year.”
The City Hall tree is donated every year mostly by residents who are ready for the trees to be removed because they have become so large that they overwhelm the residents’ lots and homes. Crews from the City and Frank’s Tree Service removed the trees last week and raised them at City Hall and The Commons for the annual holiday tradition.
This year, the crews removed both trees from the White’s property in less than an hour and transported them to City Hall in two large City Garage trucks. The trees were slowly escorted down California Street to avoid power lines and stop lights, and then pulled into place at both locations by noon.
Finishing touches, including decorations and lights, are being placed on the trees this week. The tree at The Commons is surrounded by large Christmas present decorations that the City Garage restored from past City Christmas displays.
The tree lighting ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. December 2nd with Mayor Brown welcoming members of the White family to flip the switch on the Christmas tree lights.