Main Street Christmas tree getting ready for debut

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The holiday spirit is coming to downtown Grand Junction in the form of a 30 foot tree.

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation workers placed bows on the Christmas tree on 4th and Main Streets Thursday morning as the last step of a week of preparations for Friday's tree lighting event.

"This takes a lot of time," said Tom Ziola, of GJ Parks and Recreation. "Our guys are mostly forestry and horticulture people have been working on Main Street. They are a dedicated group of people."

The fir is adorned with more than 600 feet of lights, which will bring downtown's festive spirit to life this holiday season.

"Brings the community to Main Street," Ziola said. "It gets people to lighten up a bit and hopefully remember what the holiday is about."

The tree lighting ceremony starts Friday at 5 p.m. Santa will make an appearance, descending from the rooftops to visit with the kids.

If you can't make it downtown for the festivities, you can still get a look at the lighting on KKCO 11 News at 5:30.

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