40-foot tree heralds start of season

Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 1 will be jam-packed with festivities
Photo by Bryan Esler Photo
Grand Rapids Magazine file photo by Bryan Esler.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Grand Rapids residents awakened to a festive greeting. The city’s Christmas tree was installed in the wee hours of the morning at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW.

The 40-foot concolor fir (a species of evergreen known for its citrusy fragrance and a slight bluish tint) will travel more than 110 miles from Dutchman Tree Farms in Manton, Michigan.

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend the City’s official tree lighting and cultural extravaganza scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. The annual tree lighting event will include a plethora of fun activities including, but not limited to, open skating at Rosa Parks Circle ice rink, food trucks, s’mores, characters from the Nutcracker, crafts, book giveaways, cultural foods, music and a 3-mile Jingle Bell Run following the lighting of the tree at 5:45 p.m.

The Homeless Outreach Team will be at the GRFD booth accepting donations of socks, hand warmers, hats and gloves.

The event is free and open to the public. For a complete list of the evenings activities, visit the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events website.

The 2023 tree installation was made possible by sponsors Charlie and Elizabeth Secchia and Family; Rockford Construction; Gelock Heavy Movers; and Buist Electric.





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