NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Christmas tree that will decorate Nashville's Public Square was delivered Wednesday.
The blue spruce will be decorated for the lighting ceremony Thursday, Dec. 6.
Lula Mai Mills of Hermitage donated the 35-foot tree. Nashville Electric Service and Metro Parks worked together to have the tree cut and delivered. NES also provided the truck and crane used to transport and lift the tree in place on the Public Square.
The tree will have more than 2,000 lights when Mayor Karl Dean and his family flip the switch. During the lighting ceremony, six wreaths decorating the Historic Courthouse and Founders Tower also will be illuminated.
"Christmas has always been a special time of year for my family. It's also a special time for our city," Dean said in a news release. "Nashville was founded on Christmas day over 200 years ago. This is a time to reflect on how far we've come as a city and where we are headed in the future. It's also a time to simply enjoy some of best parts of the season - music, food, and of course, the lights."
Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors also will participate in the ceremony. A quartet and a choir consisting of students in second through twelfth grades will perform. Other entertainers also include a barbershop quartet and young ballet dancers performing an excerpt from "The 26th Annual Mini-Nutcracker.