Officials from the city of Lebanon and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce gathered with residents at the downtown square Thursday afternoon for the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The tree is just off the sidewalk on the northern part of the square.
Prior to Thursday’s ceremonial lighting of the tree, children from local public and private elementary schools helped decorate the tree.
Guests were treated to the display of lights on and around the tree, along with a musical performance of Christmas carols by Sam Houston Elementary School students.
Lebanon’s mayor-elect Bernie Ash did the honor of flipping the switch and turning on the lights. The assembled crowd chanted a countdown before Ash turned on the lights.
“Here we go,” Ash said, just before he flipped over the switch. The crowd of a few dozen Lebanon residents erupted into a cheer as the Christmas tree lit up the sidewalk.
Melanie Minter, president of the chamber of commerce, thanked those who came to the lighting and encouraged them to linger to admire the lights. Several families took the opportunity to take photos posing in front of the tree.
According to city staff, lights are lined on the inside and outside part of the tree. Smaller lights are strung near the tree, and additional lights are set up near the sidewalk.
The tree will be lit up each evening, so those who missed the lighting ceremony may still see the tree anytime until after the Christmas season.