Springfield receives massive Christmas tree to be displayed near city hall

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The City of Springfield continued its annual tradition of showcasing a large tree outside city hall that will be lit during the Holiday in the City event.

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The City of Springfield received its largest donated Christmas tree in recent years on Friday and it will be displayed throughout the holiday season near City Hall Plaza at Fountain Avenue and High Street.

In following an annual holiday tradition in the city, the Grand Christmas Tree, will be covered in lights and will be lit up during the annual Holiday in the City event that is slated to bring around 15,000 people into downtown Springfield on Dec. 7.

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The tree was donated by a private citizen near Northridge in Clark County and the massive Christmas tree was escorted into downtown Springfield Friday morning, representatives of the city told the News-Sun.

Chris Schutte, with the Greater Chamber of Springfield, told the News-Sun that city officials called it the largest tree they have received in recent memory. He said he was told that the tree weighs 7,800 pounds and is 35 to 40 feet tall.

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The tree was cut down by C&S Tree Service and was trucked into Springfield by escort Friday morning. Upon arrival, it was lifted by crane and slowly moved into place by Kapp Construction as those passing by stopped to take video and pictures.

The lighting of the tree is one of the main events of the annual Holiday in the City, which is the single largest event in downtown Springfield, according to Schutte.

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That event on Saturday, Dec. 7 will officially start at 4:30. However, Santa land will be held that day at the Heritage Center of Clark County, 117 S Fountain Ave., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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