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Citrus Heights Tree Lighting: 21st annual ceremony set for Dec. 7

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Crowds linger around for refreshments and entertainment, following the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
The 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Citrus Heights will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, outside city hall on Fountain Square Drive.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature the lighting of the city’s tree, along with mini train rides and photos with Santa, according to a posting on the city’s Facebook page. The ceremony also typically includes crowd participation in a countdown, followed by refreshments.

The annual tree lighting ceremony has been held every year in Citrus Heights since the city’s incorporation. According to city records, the first tree lighting was held in front of the old city hall in 1997, followed by the lighting of a ceremonial tree from 1998 to 2002 between the city’s administrative and general services buildings.

In 2003, a space was made to plant a new tree at the corner of Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. That location continued to be used for the tree lighting until 2015, when the old city hall was demolished to pave way for Dignity Health to construct a medical office building.

A new 22-foot-tall Coastal Redwood tree was planted along with construction of the new city hall at 6360 Fountain Square Drive, which now serves as the city’s Christmas tree. Parking for the tree lighting is available at city hall, as well as at the community center and a lot adjacent to the police department.

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Event info:
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Location:
City Hall
6360 Fountain Square Dr.