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Downtown Grand Junction tree-lighting Friday, plus Santa

Caitlin Row
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WHAT: Wells Fargo Tree Lighting

WHERE: Downtown Grand Junction, corner of Fourth and Main streets

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 14, from 5-7 p.m.

COST: Admission is free

INFO: www.downtowngj.org

Downtown Grand Junction is set to sparkle. The Wells Fargo Tree Lighting is planned for Friday, Nov. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. The annual downtown event is free.

According to Aaron Hoffman, Downtown Grand Junction spokesman, Santa Claus will appear on the top of the Wells Fargo building around 5:45 p.m.

“He sprinkles his magic dust, which lights the Christmas tree in front of Wells Fargo and simultaneously the rest of Main Street,” he said. “Then Santa will come down by way of a Grand Junction Fire Department fire truck, as long as there’s not a fire.”

Once Santa is down safely, he’ll host children near the tree, where they may tell him their holiday wish lists.

A performance by The Sweet Adelines, a local singing group, is also planned.

“Some businesses will stay open later, and many businesses decorate windows,” Hoffman noted, to accommodate up to 1,500 revelers who attend the event each year.

City of Grand Junction’s parks and recreation department began decorating downtown streets the first week of October.

“We were getting things geared up and taking advantage of the weather,” said Tom Ziola, City of Grand Junction parks supervisor. “We’re using LEDs, which will help with the energy bills.”

This year’s Christmas tree came from the Delta area, he confirmed, and the city roughly estimates using more than nine miles of light strings to decorate the area.

“That’s ballpark 85,000-plus LED lights,” Ziola added. “It’s insane!”

For more information, visit http://www.downtowngj.org.


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