It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we'll keep seeing more and more reminders that the big day is getting closer. Monday, the Broadway Plaza Christmas tree arrives.
The big evergreen tree taken from the Lauer home near Leo-Cedarville has been cleaned up and hoisted into place on Broadway. There were seven trees in the running to be used for the event, but this year's chosen tree sat right outside Ron Lauer's house in Leo.
"It's been in the yard about 22 years, planted it in 95," Lauer said. "It was about 2 foot when I put it in, it's kinda overgrown the yard a little bit so we decided to get rid of it."
The tree stand has been in place in front of the Shine and Hardin law offices and Monday morning the 30-foot evergreen was put in place. It will then be decorated with thousands of lights in preparation for the grand lighting ceremony this Friday.
Lauer says he and his family will be on Broadway Plaza Friday when the tree is illuminated. Thousands of people flock to the plaza every year for this event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, along with reindeer, train rides and much more.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, holiday beverages, cookies, polar express train ride and holiday music. Christmas tree lighting and fireworks promptly at 6:00 pm. Arrive early as off-street parking is limited, and heavy traffic is expected.