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City Seeks Holiday Tree

Tree will stand in Market Square during the holiday season, which opens with a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 23.

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 john.noelle@alexandriava.gov.

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