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Lights of Love trees illuminate Central Park

Main Street Washington’s Lights of Love trees will illuminate Central Park until Jan. 4. (James Jennings/The Union)
Main Street Washington’s Lights of Love trees will illuminate Central Park until Jan. 4. (James Jennings/The Union)

While there was no official lighting ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lights still came on for the Lights of Love Memory Trees in Washington’s Central Park on Saturday.

The Lights of Love Memory Tree project is an annual fundraiser for Main Street Washington.

“We always have about 50 trees,” Main Street Washington Director Sarah Grunewaldt said. “This year, we have 55 trees that were sold.”

Donors pay $100 per tree, with the proceeds going to Main Street Washington projects.

“Each tree is a memorial or just in honor of someone,” Grunewaldt said. “One lady does one for her grandkids each year. They have fun decorating it.”

The project started in 2017.

Each holiday season, 5-foot tall Christmas trees are lit in Central Park from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, illuminated with white Lights and a red bow.

Each tree has a tag naming who the tree is honoring.

Some people choose to decorate their trees with more colored lights and shatter-proof ornaments.

“It’s always exciting to see what people will do with their trees,” Grunewaldt said.

In previous years, the trees were lit up during the Holiday SNOW Lighting ceremony before the city’s Lighted Holiday Parade.

“We can’t host the ceremony this year because of the governor’s proclamation,” Grunewaldt said.

The trees went up the Friday after Thanksgiving and will come down on Jan. 4.