The city arborist has begun the search for a tall evergreen to grace Market Square during the upcoming holiday season.
Alexandria seeks a Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress or "other well-formed evergreen tree," approximately 25 to 35 feet tall, to serve as the city’s official 2012 holiday tree.
The city will remove the tree from the donor’s property in mid-November and grind the stump at no cost.
The lighting of the tree officially opens Alexandria's holiday season. This year, the tree lighting ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 23, at Market Square. The ceremony will feature Santa Claus, along with entertainment and caroling.
Area residents who are interested in donating a tree should call City Arborist John Noelle at 703-746-5499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.