CITY’S CHRISTMAS TREE TO BE DELIVERED TO THE PUBLIC SQUARE TODAY
Tree lighting ceremony to be held the same night as the Nashville Christmas Parade
The city’s Christmas tree will be delivered to the Public Square today in preparation for next week’s tree lighting ceremony. The 30-foot Norway spruce will be installed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the south side of the Public Square near the intersection of Second Avenue and Union Street. The tree has been donated by Nashville resident Tina Marie Brookes. Nashville Electric Service will remove the tree from her property at 5137 Amalie Drive and transport it to the Public Square.
Metro Parks will decorate the tree with several thousand colored lights. The tree will be lit by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Warner Brothers recording artist John Rich during the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. After helping the mayor light the tree, Rich will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 57th annual Nashville Christmas Parade, hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, which starts at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Avenue.
“The first Friday in December will mark the official start of the holiday season in Nashville,” Dean said. “I can think of no better way to get into the spirit of the season than with music, lights, and the excitement of the parade. I hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate the holidays in Music City.”
Entertainment at the tree lighting ceremony will include a performance by Country music trio Carter’s Chord, made up of sisters Becky, Emily and Joanna Robertson. A quartet from the Barbershop Harmony Society will sing “The Chipmunk Song,” among other holiday classics.
Starting the program, actors from the Tennessee Repertory Theatre will present a scene from this year’s holiday production A Christmas Story adapted by Phillip Grecian from the most popular Christmas movie of all-time. A Christmas Story runs Nov. 21 – Dec. 19 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater.