October 14, 2021
PROVIDENCE – The City of Providence is casting for the role of holiday tree, a coveted part long sought by many, including every Rockefeller Center Property Manager and Charlie Brown himself. The chosen trees will adorn Downtown Center for a limited engagement during the month of December, kicking off on Friday, December 3, 2021 with the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at Providence’s City Hall at 5PM and the BankNewport Skating Rink at 7PM.
This year, the City is looking for three dynamic evergreen trees: a 35 to 45-foot spruce or fir tree to grace the Providence City Hall steps and two 15 to 20-foot spruce or fir trees: one for the lighting at the Providence Rink and one to grace the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park.
Residents can nominate their tree by sending an e-mail with a description and photo of the tree to Lizzie Araujo, Deputy Director of the Art, Culture + Tourism Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 15th to be considered.
The Forestry Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation will remove the winning tree free of charge. The winning tree-owner will be photographed with city officials, including Mayor Jorge Elorza, in front of their tree during the lighting ceremony.