City of Providence Searching for Perfect Christmas Tree
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City of Providence Searching for Perfect Christmas Tree

Monday, November 4, 2013

Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Parks Department put out casting call for tall evergreen to star in annual tree lighting ceremony.

The City of Providence will host the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza. To complete preparations, the City is looking for a tree for City Hall Steps, and is asking residents to nominate their own 35-foot to 45-foot spruce or fir trees that they wish to remove from their property.

Residents can nominate their tree by sending an email with a description and photo of the tree to Deb Dormody, cultural affairs manager in the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism at: Submissions must be received by Tuesday, November 12.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will cut the winning tree down and haul it away free of charge. The tree will be displayed on the steps of City Hall throughout the holiday season. The winning tree owner will be photographed with Mayor Angel Taveras in front of the tree during the lighting ceremony.

This year's tree lighting ceremony will be emceed by Mayor Taveras. The ceremony will feature performances by RPM Voices, the Brown University Skating Band, and local youth choirs. A figure skating demonstration by regional award winners will follow the ceremony, and Santa Clause will be on the ice when public skating resumes.

Members of the Johnson & Wales University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa are selling ornaments to decorate the tree to benefit Hasbro Children's Hospital. Stanley Tree Service is donating crane service for the trees.

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