Community invited to decorate Christmas trees


The City of Texarkana, Arkansas, is pleased to announce it will host a wonderland of Christmas trees downtown next month.

Trees have been installed in the lot at Broad and Wood streets and the City will place lights on each tree. The community is being invited to decorate the trees by Sunday, Nov. 30. The 30th Annual Main Street Christmas Parade is Monday, Dec. 1.

“We plan to make this an annual activity,” said Ross Cowling, Parks and Recreation superintendent. “We are starting small, with just over a dozen trees, and hopefully we will grow it in the coming years.”

The trees will serve as a gateway between Broad Street, where the parade will be, and the Front Street Festival Plaza area, which will have food and craft vendors beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

There is no charge to adopt a tree and the decorating fun is open to individuals, businesses, agencies and groups. The trees will be available for decorating beginning Monday afternoon and participants are asked to make a sign or decoration for their tree identifying who adopted it.

“Everyone is welcome,” Cowling said. “We just want to add a little more festiveness to downtown this Christmas. We already have the parade and a competition for decorating windows along Broad Street, so these trees are just one more opportunity for our residents to get involved and show their holiday spirit.”

Decorations will stay up through the end of December. Participants will have from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4 to remove their decorations from the trees.

For more information or to reserve a tree call Kelly Bradford at 870-779-4977.

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