Evansville Christmas tree goes dark

Lights gone after city confirms crews are working on it
Crews restringing some lights on Evansville Christmas tree
Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 12:20 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Christmas tree is getting a touch up.

The tree has received some criticism on social media since it was lit last Thursday, to the tune of over a thousand likes, comments, and shares.

The mayor’s office confirms crews are working to restring parts of the tree, and people were spotted working with the tree around 2 P.M. Monday afternoon.

Mike Boatman was watching as the lights on the tree were removed. He says he’s very well-aware of the social media buzz the tree has created.

“Well this tree, it’s hit the internet, and everybody’s making fun of it,” says Boatman, “how terrible the lights were put on there, and I mean it did look terrible. It’s so funny now that they’re taking all the lights down and restringing it.”

Boatman says he’s looking forward to seeing the finished product, and he just hopes it doesn’t come out looking the same as originally.

“I didn’t expect them to re-string it, but it must be so much pressure on the mayor that he has ordered it,” says Boatman.

At this point, there’s no word on when the tree will be re-lit or when the lights will officially be returned.