The magnificence and spirit of the 70-foot tall Gillette Park Great White Pine Tree fully decorated will again be a focal point of Christmas in Cherokee.
The tree, located in the heart of the refurbished Gillette Park on West Bluff Street, will be lighted in a simple ceremony for the Christmas Holidays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Thanksgiving) with stunning new lights. The public is encouraged to attend.
However, the old, damaged lights were recently removed and new lighting put up thanks to a donation from Cherokee State Bank.
Haselhoff Construction provided the equipment and boom truck to allow workers to reach the tree top and the Cherokee Parks Department - Duane Mummert and Steve Thill - were assisted by local contractors Brad Phipps and Mike Mummert working high on the tree to finish the decorating effort.
There will be no speeches or program for the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, just an opportunity for area residents to get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy with their families this significant Holiday event in a community that continues to come together for all the right reasons for what will fast become a wonderful Holiday tradition.