Delivery day for Evansville’s Christmas tree

Official lighting on Nov. 19
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:33 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:36 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The holiday season is getting closer in Evansville.

On Friday morning, the city’s official Christmas tree, which is a donated 25-foot tall and 18-foot wide Blue Spruce, was delivered to the Civic Center.

The tree was delivered by the Industrial Contractors Skanska team.

City officials tell 14 News for more than 30 years, the Industrial Contractors Skanska team has volunteered to deliver the city’s Christmas tree ahead of the annual lighting ceremony.

According to a news release, each year the team cuts the tree down and loads and transports it, with assistance from Vectren as well as an escort from the Evansville Police Department.

The lighting of the City of Evansville’s official Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center Complex will be Thursday, November 19 at 5 p.m.

The Signature School Choir, led by Henry Maurer, will perform and Mayor Winnecke will offer a few remarks before starting the countdown to turn on the Christmas tree lights.

“In light of all the pandemic-related postponements, this is one tradition our community can still enjoy,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “Wearing our masks and distancing ourselves from others, we can safely welcome the holiday season.”

The Traffic Engineering Department will decorate the tree with approximately 25,000 lights donated by Advanced Network and Computer Services. It will be topped with an illuminated “e” signifying everyone is welcome.

Officials say the Downtown Economic Improvement District will have a few surprises throughout the ceremony to help spread the Holiday cheer.

The Christmas tree will remain on display in front of the Civic Center building through the holiday season and will be removed sometime after January 1, 2021.

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