A 30-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with more than 500 ornaments and 10,000 lights now adorns the front lawn at Enterprise City Hall, where the annual City Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to the event during which Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper will light the tree with the assistance of the children of Enterprise attending the ceremony and a special guest will arrive shortly after. City officials said they have been told the guest is flying in from the North Pole.

The tree was installed by members of the city’s Recreation Department, Engineering Department and Department of Public Works Nov. 22.

With a bench surrounded by colorful “presents,” the city tree is the perfect spot for a family photo or a holiday snapshot with friends, said Enterprise Special Projects Coordinator Kay Kirkland. “Everyone is invited to have a photo taken at the city tree at some point during the season and post it on the Ccity of Enterprise Facebook page. Go to the page to follow instructions to post your photos and qualify for a prize later in December.”

The new tree is also up just in time for all the upcoming holiday events, including the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, and the tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2.

“In fact, city officials invite everyone to attend the ceremony, because you never know “Who” may show up,” Kirkland said, referencing the “Christmas in Whoville” theme on Main Street.

Among those on the agenda at the tree lighting are the Rev. David Morris, who will deliver the holiday message about the real reason for the celebration. The Hillcrest Elementary School Combined Choir is back this year for a performance of holiday songs and local singer and Southern Broadway actor LaPonce Harrison will also entertain with special music. Marge Simmons will be on hand to lead the audience in songs to include the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Century 21 Regency Realty and the Enterprise Recreation Department will provide hot cocoa and cookies for refreshments.

The public is also invited to attend Christmas at the Market Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Enterprise Farmers Market on Main Street. Kirkland said Santa Claus will visit with youngsters from 8 until 11 a.m.

Ornament painting and games will also help continue a family holiday tradition at the market, where fresh seasonal produce will be available along with unique crafts that will help complete shoppers’ Christmas gift list. More than 22 vendors will open to sell their products at 7 a.m.

A holiday concert by the Dauphin and Coppinville Junior High Jazz Bands is another treat that Mayor Cooper said no one will want to miss at the Christmas at the Market event.

“Please come out and see us at the Enterprise Farmers Market Saturday morning,” said Cooper, adding that “Whoville” is taking place in downtown Enterprise on Dec. 4 as well. He said local residents and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to make wonderful holiday memories throughout December.

“Our hope is for everyone to have a fun and joyous season,” he said.

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