Town’s Christmas tree honors virus workers

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The town of Mount Olive Christmas Tree has glowed brightly each night since March 17.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the 130-foot tree will remain lit nightly through the duration of the current health crisis.

“We want to pay tribute to front line health care workers, first responders, and hopefully bring a little cheer and encouragement during these stressful and uncertain times,” Brown said.

Formerly the communication tower at town hall, the tree is lit around the first week of December. Shaped like an actual Christmas tree, the fast-growing attraction features 3,200 LED colored lights and is the official kickoff to the holiday season.

Brown came up with the idea when officials began looking around to relocate the official town Christmas tree from Center Street. He noticed the tower itself was shaped like a Christmas tree. The idea bloomed from there and the tree attracts hundreds at the annual lighting.

This December will mark the seventh annual celebration.

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