LANCASTER, PA – For years downtown Lancaster has been decorated with a real Christmas tree. But this year will be different.
This years Mayor’s Tree Lighting on November 24th will feature an artificial ‘Holiday Tree’.
“The Mayor and the city has decided to take a more eco-friendly and inclusive approach to the holidays this year.” said city spokeswoman Madeline Weaver.
This years ‘Holiday Tree’ will be a 15 foot imitation Blue Spruce made in China and purchased on Amazon.com.
According to the Mayor’s office global warming and multiculturalism in the city were deciding factors in making changes this year.
At a press conference Mayor Gray announced, “Global warming is upon us here in Lancaster. We must do everything to minimize its effect which includes saving a tree from destruction.”
City employees are also directed to refer to the tree as a ‘Holiday Tree’ out of sensitivity for the diverse resident population of the city.
The tree lighting will take place on November 24th at 7:15pm. Visitors are reminded that the Mayor’s Leash Law is in effect and all children under 12 must be leashed.