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City workers decorate Christmas tree in downtown Lexington

Posted at 5:41 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 05:41:44-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Christmas decorations are already popping up around downtown Lexington. This week, workers have been out setting up the big tree in Triangle Park.

"It is a 35-foot blue spruce that was donated from right here in Lexington from Les and Lisa Moore,” said Michelle Franzetti, the Special Events Manager for Lexington Parks & Recreation.

Workers have already spent hours hanging decorations and lights on the city's tree, which will be showcased during the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.

"It actually takes about eight people almost a week to do all of the decorating that we do for the Christmas trees downtown,” said Franzetti. “There's a lot that goes into it between the ornaments and the bulbs and the decorations that we put around the base of the tree."

The decorations include about 4,500 large lights and more than 100 giant ornaments. Some of those ornaments are at least ten years old.

"It just becomes this beautiful iconic thing you get to drive past and visit during the holiday season,” said Franzetti.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Festival is next Friday, Nov. 29. The festival begins at 3 p.m. and the tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m. City officials expect to see about 5,000 people attend.