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Community lights Christmas Tree in Billings

Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:50-04

Billings celebrated a Christmas tradition that started more than 80 years ago.

About 100 attended the festivities for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on Friday night.

The tree at Community Park was first lit in the early 1930’s and sat idle until 2007, when the tree was re-dedicated and re-lit for the first time.

Mayor Bill Cole spoke about the celebration and the history of Christmas trees.

“I talked a littlle bit about the roots of the Christmas tree that go back to the 16th century in Germany and even before as a sign of the winter solstice,” Cole said. “And then Christians as a sign of eternal life and the birth of Christ.  A lot of people here to celebrate that great tradition and the fun of Christmas.”

The tree is at Community Park on Division Street, across from Central High School.