Enterprise plans tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas at the Market

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — Mayor William E. “Bill” Cooper invites everyone to join him Thursday to light the city’s new Christmas tree in front of City Hall, signaling that the holiday season is in full swing in Enterprise.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony starts at City Hall at 6 p.m. with a spirited line-up of activities to be emceed by Miss Enterprise Jaedyn Forehand with assistance from her sister queens, Junior Miss Enterprise Ashley Clark, Pre-Teen Miss Braylee Moore, Little Miss Julia Walters and Future Little Miss Ella Grace White.

The Rev. Ben Bowden, pastor of First Baptist Church of Enterprise, will deliver the Christmas message. Sabrina Lewis will deliver a dynamic solo performance and the Hillcrest Elementary School Choir, directed by Sarah McLendon, is returning to provide another musical treat for the audience.
Marge Simmons will also lend her delightful voice to the activities as she leads the audience in “Songs of the Season.” Pastor Derek Williams of High Pointe Church, the Rev. Dr. Tim Oleksy of Green Hill Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout Troop 150 and the Enterprise Garden Club Federation will also be participating in the ceremony.

The arrival of Santa Claus will be a highlight of the event, and he will remain at City Hall to visit with the youngsters who want to inform him of their Christmas wishes.

Cooper said the evening is meant to be a fun and inspirational community get-together welcoming the Christmas season to the city.

This year, it will also introduce the presence of the city’s new artificial Christmas tree, already installed, fully-decorated and ready to be lit up Thursday night.

In previous years, the city had been fortunate enough to have large live cedar trees donated by civic-minded citizens, but city officials said last year that suitable live trees were becoming difficult to find. The city council gave approval for the purchase of the artificial tree, which was assembled in Enterprise by personnel from the Engineering Department over the course of the last few weeks. Six large wooden gift boxes are also being constructed and painted by city personnel, and will be placed around the bottom of the tree.

The tree is 30 feet tall and is 17 feet in diameter at the base. It is decorated with a 3-foot star tree topper and more than 500 ornaments, plus more than 10,000 lights that will shine as a symbol of the city’s holiday zeal.

“We think everyone will really enjoy the beautiful new tree,” Cooper said. “I am looking forward to seeing you all for this great family time.”
The mayor said another great family time is planned for Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Farmers Market.

The 3rd Annual “Christmas at the Farmers Market” will be from 7 a.m. to noon at the market, where those attending will be able to buy seasonal produce like turnip greens and collards or browse through several arts and crafts booths looking for Christmas gifts.

Children will be able to show off their artistic talents. They will be able to choose their own ornament to paint or color. An adult community art project will also be among the activities.

Booth space for arts and crafts vendors is still available. To secure an arts and crafts or produce space, or more event information, contact
Special Projects Coordinator Kay Kirkland at 334-348-2310, kkirkland@enterpriseal.gov.