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City hall lights the lights on Dec. 2

Head to Tom Davies Square on Friday evening for the annual tree-lighting ceremony
The Christmas tree in the courtyard of Tom Davies Square can be seen in this 2019 file photo.

The City of Greater Sudbury is hosting its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2 outside Tom Davies Square.

“Join Mayor Paul Lefebvre and members of council for a short and festive ceremony at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of Tom Davies Square,” the city said in a news release.

The event will include several short performances for your entertainment as well as complimentary hot chocolate and treets.

“Free GOVA transit will be provided to those attending the event,” the city said. “Simply let the GOVA transit operator know you’ll be attending the ceremony.”

Calling it the “Merry and Bright Tree”, the eight-metre (26 feet) artificial spruce is 3.6 metres (12 feet) in diameter and decorated with 1,325 high-efficiency warm white LED bulbs, “which accomplish 80-per-cent energy savings compared to traditional incandescent bulbs,” the city said.

The Merry and Bright Tree will be lit from Dec. 2 to the week after Orthodox Christmas in early January.

Remember, downtown parking is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weeknights.