By BRAD KELLAR
It is expected to look a lot more like Christmas in downtown Greenville, starting today
Crews with the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department are scheduled to raise the City of Greenville Christmas tree this morning in front of the Police and Courts Facility, 3000 Lee Street.
Recreation Coordinator Kimber Patterson said the 28-30 foot Balsam Fir obtained from a Wisconsin company was to arrive early today.
“They called about two days ago and said it was on its way,” Patterson said. “It got here earlier than they usually do.”
The tree is the same type and approximately the same height as trees used the past two years.
“They are going to put it up and let it hang out for about a week and then we’ll decorate it,” Patterson said.
The 22nd annual City of Greenville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 6 and will include the mayor’s holiday welcome, Christmas carolers from a local elementary school and a visit from Santa Claus. The tree will remain lit each night through the New Year’s holiday.
— The annual downtown Greenville Christmas Parade will take place Friday, December 7, with the theme of “A Storybook Christmas.” The grand marshal for the parade will be 2011 Greenville Worthy Citizen Al Swanson. Dozens of vehicles, marching bands, floats and equestrian entries will begin the parade at the corner of Bois D’ Arc and Lee Streets; then travel west on Lee Street; south on Wright Street; east on Washington Street and finish at Stonewall Street, turning south to exit downtown.