City of Providence searching for a perfect tree

City of Providence Searching for a Perfect Tree

A Good Tree Is Hard To Find – Casting Call For A Mighty Photogenic Evergreen Tree

Art, Culture +Tourism, Parks Department put out casting call for tall evergreen to star in annual tree lighting ceremony.

-- The City of Providence will host the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 6th at the Providence Rink in Kennedy Plaza. To complete preparations, the City needs 2 spruce trees: a 35-foot to 45-foot spruce or fir tree to grace City Hall steps and a 15-foot to 20-foot spruce or fir for the Providence Rink. The city is asking residents to nominate their own trees that they wish the City to remove from their property. Again this year Stanley Tree Service will be generously donating crane service for the trees.

Residents can nominate their tree by sending an e-mail with a description and photo of the tree to Lizzie Araujo, the City's Cultural Affairs Manager in the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism at

The Forestry Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation will cut the winning tree down and haul it away free of charge. The trees will be displayed on the steps of City Hall and at the Rink throughout the holiday season. The winning tree owner will be photographed with Mayor Taveras in front of the tree during the lighting ceremony. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, November 5.

This year's tree lighting ceremony will be emceed by Mayor Taveras. The ceremony will feature performances by Sophia Sings from Sophia Academy with the GirlsRock RI chorus, The Brown University Skating Band, and other special attractions including a figure skating demonstration by regional award winners which will follow the ceremony. Of course, Santa will be on the ice when public skating resumes.

Deadline for tree submissions: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Providence Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 6pm – 7pm
The Providence Rink
2 Kennedy Plaza
Providence RI 02903

For more information, contact Lynne McCormack, Director of Arts, Culture + Tourism, at (401) 649-2180,