City of Providence searching for three perfect trees for the holiday season

Trees will adorn City Hall, the Providence Skating Rink at BankNewport City Center, and the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – If you have a beautiful spruce or fir tree living on your property that would look great as a holiday decoration, and you don’t mind parting ways with it, Lizzie Araujo-Haller with Providence’s Department of Art Culture, and Tourism says the city wants to hear from you.

Araujo-Haller says, “A lot of times, people have trees that they want to get rid of.  So, it seemed like large trees that people want to get rid of, and our need for a Christmas tree was like a perfect marriage.”

They’re looking for three trees in total: one that’s 35 to 45 feet tall to adorn City Hall, and two more 15 to 20 feet tall for the Providence Skating Rink at BankNewport City Center and the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park.  It could be your tree’s time to shine, spending the holiday season in the spotlight.

Araujo-Haller says, “The one at City Hall gets white lights, which is a tradition we started a few years ago to honor cancer survivors and people who are struggling with that disease and their families.  And then, the rink is many multicolor lights, and I believe the botanical center is as well.”

If your tree is chosen, it’ll be removed free of charge.  The trees will make their official debut on Friday, December 3rd at the city’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Araujo-Haller says, “The people who have donated the tree get special seating by the tree during the ceremony, and they also get a photo with the mayor … We’re looking forward to holiday in the city, and we hope everyone comes down and joins us and sings and celebrates.”

To submit your photos for consideration, send an email to laraujo@providenceri.gov by November 15th.

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