Downtown Wilmington Christmas tree will be lit in new location

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Christmas Tree in downtown Wilmington. Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.
Christmas Tree in downtown Wilmington. Photo courtesy of the City of Wilmington.

The holiday season is officially upon us, and festivities in downtown Wilmington will kick off Friday night with the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Residents and visitors are invited to the city’s waterfront to see the Christmas tree, which will be lit at 6:25 p.m., and take in other family-friendly events such as live music and the Holiday Marketplace.

Due to construction on Water Street, the tree, which usually stands in front of the federal building, will be located at the corner of Water and Princess streets near the Wachovia Parking Lot. The tree, which is not live, is 30 feet tall and 16 feet wide at the bottom and will be decorated with lights as well as some ornaments made by local schoolchildren, according to the city.

The festivities will start at 5:30 p.m., and after the lighting ceremony Santa will be paying a visit to the children of Wilmington.

All on-street parking downtown will be free from Thursday to Sunday this week so that people can enjoy the seasonal events, including shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.