South Holland family donates tree to Chicago for Christmas

2013-11-07T19:00:00Z 2013-11-07T23:03:29Z South Holland family donates tree to Chicago for ChristmasTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 07, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Moore family of South Holland donated their 57-foot Colorado blue spruce tree to the city of Chicago to be used as the official Christmas tree on display at Daley Plaza until Jan. 9.

Crews on Thursday cut down the tree that had stood in front of the home in the 1200 block of East 165th Place.

It will be delivered at Daley Plaza on Friday.

The tree lighting ceremony is set for Nov. 26. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with live performances headlined by Darlene Love, followed by the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.

The first municipal Christmas tree in Chicago was lighted on Dec. 24, 1913, by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park. The tree was a 35-foot Douglas spruce that was enhanced with other trees to make it look bigger.

Since 2009, Chicago's Christmas tree has been a single tree donated by a Chicago-area family.

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