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Guntersville tree-lighting held at new digs

The tree was set up at its new home at Eroll Allan Park. The tree was set up at its new home at Eroll Allan Park.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The City of Guntersville continued a decades-long tradition of lighting the city Christmas tree. This year, however, there is a big change of scenery.

For more than 25 years, the ceremony was held in front of City Hall, but Tuesday night, the tree lighting ceremony was held at the city's new park.

A 20-foot Everest tree was erected at Eroll Allan Park in Downtown Guntersville in advance of the 5:30 p.m. event. The Guntersville Second Grade Choir sang songs and snacks such as hot chocolate and Rice Krispies Treats were served.

Tuesday's was the first ceremony in decades not held at the Holly Tree in front of City Hall.

"Last year we had people standing in the street and we could not close off but one lane of Highway 431. We just feel like this will be a safer venue and we can get more people in there. It will be fun since it's our new park," said Mayor Leigh Dollar.

Of course, Santa Claus made an appearance, courtesy of a fire truck from the Guntersville Fire Department.

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