TROY — The city of Troy placed its holiday Christmas tree on the Public Square on Tuesday morning.
With the help of PSC Crane and Rigging of Piqua, the 40-foot-tall blue spruce was removed from the property of Roger Adams on Glendale Avenue in Troy and placed at its new home at the downtown fountain.
According to city of Troy employee Charlie Brown, the tree weighed in at 5,200 pounds — possibly one of the heaviest trees to be placed downtown in recent history.
The tree will be decorated by city employees and the lighting ceremony — the city’s 2015 Holiday Grand Illumination and Kris Kringle Market event — will be held the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 27.
Sponsored by Troy Main Street, the evening will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 27 with the opening of the Kris Kringle market, which will be held inside the Mayflower Arts Center, located at 9 W. Main St. The market will be open to shoppers from 4-8:30 p.m. Local artists, artisans, and crafters will offer a great selection of handmade, reasonably priced gifts. Shopping bags, gift wrapping, and elf assistants will be available.
Entertainment will begin on the Public Square at 5 p.m. Troy Community Radio personalities, Clint Myers and Lori Younce will kick off the event on the stage in the southwest quadrant, playing Christmas music and awarding gift cards to local businesses. They will also announce the winner of the merchant holiday window decorating contest.
At 5:30 p.m., Rum River Blend will take the stage and lead the crowd in sing-along Christmas carols and holiday tunes. At 6:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Beamish will recite the traditional “Twas the Month Before Christmas” and lead the community in welcoming Santa Claus into town. As Santa takes the stage, he will count down to the illumination of the Troy’s holiday centerpiece Christmas tree, donated by Roger Adams, and the downtown holiday lights. The entertainment will continue after the illumination with The Hometown Getdown band playing music on the square until 8 p.m.
In addition to musical entertainment, the southeast quadrant will host seasonal treats from local vendors, including fresh popped kettle corn. The northeast quadrant will host children’s games and free carriage rides provided by Buckeye Clydes and Carriages. Phone calls to the North Pole will be available in the ABC50 Community Connections Center, sponsored by Frontier Communication’s magical connections.
After the tree is lit, Santa will make his way over to Prouty Plaza to the newly constructed Santa House, donated by the Western Ohio Home Builders Association. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to hear holiday wishes the evening of the Grand Illumination and set hours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the week of Christmas. Specific hours will be posted outside of the house and also on the Troy Main Street Facebook page. The house is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
For additional information, contact Troy Main Street at 339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org.