Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Building the Community Tree for Festival of Lights

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Greensboro, N.C. 27429
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GREENSBORO, N.C.The 26th annual Festival of Lights celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Greensboro.  Dec. 1 and 2, designers from New Garden Landscaping and Nursery will construct the Community Tree in Center City Park in preparation for the Festival’s annual tree lighting.
The tree stands 38 feet tall and is topped with a five-foot star.  It takes two days to build.  Donated to Center City Park by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation in 2008, the Community Tree is a green alternative to a live tree and uses LED lights.  Additional decorations, including garland, red bows and lights, will be installed in the park in early December along with dozens of red bows and giant snowflakes on the light poles throughout Downtown.
“There’s no place like Center City Park during the holidays,” said Action Greensboro Director Cecelia Thompson.  “We are joyful to be a part of bringing holiday cheer to downtown Greensboro.”
During the Festival of Lights, Center City Park is the site for a children’s craft center, a bounce house and the distribution of souvenir reindeer antlers provided by the Festival’s signature sponsor, the Greensboro News & Record.  The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a holiday sing-along led by Wally West.  At 7:30 p.m. the Community Tree will be lit, followed by additional musical entertainment.
For more information about the Festival of Lights, please visit,, follow on Twitter @GrassrootsGSO, or call 336.274.4595.

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