The centerpiece of McMinnville’s Christmas celebration will soon make its way onto Court Square, but a lighting ceremony won’t be held until Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Found was a large, 31-foot spruce. A crew must undertake the tedious task of cutting it, hoisting it onto the bed of a truck, transporting it to The Lot, and hoisting it into place.
Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee presented the information to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The city’s Christmas parade is scheduled for Dec. 2 and begins at 2:30 p.m., while Christmas in the Park is offered by Junior Auxiliary and is held Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Traditionally, the mayor and parade grand marshal make their way from the parade procession and flip the switch to light the tree. This year, the honor would be given to Mayor Jimmy Haley and parade grand marshal Sheriff Jackie Matheny.
However, due to a request from Junior Auxiliary to have the official lighting ceremony during Christmas in the Park, Mayor Haley says that’s when the ceremony will be held on Dec. 5.
A second request was made by downtown merchants for the Christmas lights be turned on the evening of Nov. 25 during a Christmas open house involving businesses.
City officials said lights that are up will be turned on during the night of Nov. 25.