Monday, November 23, 2009

Milton Plans Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa joins Milton officials to kick off the holiday festivities

The City of Milton will begin a special holiday tradition on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the city's inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a visit from Santa and carols sung by Hopewell Middle School students. At 6:00 p.m. sharp, the switch will be flipped to light up the branches of the beautiful 22-foot Deodar Cedar, a gift to the city from Protect Milton, Inc. Mayor Lockwood and members of the Milton City Council will be on hand to share in the celebration, which will take place at the corner of Highway 9 and Webb Road. Hot cocoa, coffee and cookies will be served, complements of Starbucks inside the Milton Target store.

The beautiful tree, grown at Moon's Tree Farm in Loganville, Ga., found its home in Milton on Oct. 24 as landscapers from The Rowland Company directed the planting of the 3,700 pound cedar. The tree was discovered by Skinner's Nursery, which also volunteered to transport the stately conifer to its new home. Known for their beautiful pyramidal shape and soft blue to gray/green needles on softly drooping branches, Deodar Cedar trees can grow as large as 50 feet high and 30 feet wide.

"As we approach the anniversary of our city's incorporation, we are both grateful and proud of how far we've come in three short years," says Mayor Joe Lockwood. "This beautiful Christmas tree will light up the night through the holidays and serve as a lasting reminder of all we have to be thankful for." Lockwood continues, "I'm honored to share in the inaugural celebration of what is sure to become another beloved holiday tradition for our city."

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