(MURFREESBORO) Time is drawing near for the annual Rutherford County Christmas Tree lighting will be 6:00 o'clock Friday night, December 7, 2018.
This year's tree lighting will be even more special, because County Mayor Bill Ketron planted our first living Christmas tree.
Mayor Ketron noted, "In these times when everyone should be protecting our environment, local government should be the role model."
A beautiful 30-foot Leyland Cypress from here in Middle Tennessee was planted in an area that allows ample room for growth. It is a fast growing tree, 3 to 5 feet per year, and its artfully-textured foliage is soft to the touch - no unpleasant thorns or prickly leaves. Plus, it stays green year-round.
Another plus of the evening includes the gala arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus thanks to Murfreesboro Fire Rescue. Plus, a stage show with Christmas music, holiday dancers, and an excerpt from the Center for the Arts' production of "Miracle on 34th Street" will add to the festive holiday spirit of the evening.
Local retailers will be open with many offering holiday cookies and hot drinks.
You'll feel as if you're stepping into a Norman Rockwell Christmas picture. Bring the family and enjoy a Heart of Tennessee Christmas in front of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse.
The lighting of the Rutherford County Christmas tree and festive evening begins at 6:00 o'clock Friday night, December 7th on the east side of the courthouse.