15-minute lightshow synchronized to Christmas music will follow

Cookeville – Oh, Christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree.

This Sunday, Dec. 3 Cookeville will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Dogwood Park. Lighting will begin at 6 p.m. Jake Hoot, the TTU Trombone Choir and children’s choirs from Capshaw, Prescott, Cornerstone, Northeast, Cane Creek, Park View and Burks elementary schools will perform following the lighting.

“Christmas in the Park is a special time for our community to come together and celebrate the Christmas season,” says City Mayor Laurin Wheaton. “My family and I look forward to this night every year!”

The tree is nearly 40 feet tall.

A 15-minute lightshow synchronized to Christmas music will follow.

The lightshow will continue nightly throughout the holiday season at the top of every hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be lights and displays throughout the park.

“The celebratory event is hosted by Cookeville’s Leisure Service Department and the City of Cookeville, and it is a holiday favorite for local families,” said Cookeville Leisure Services. “The fun and festive atmosphere uplifts the spirits of children and adults alike. When the 40-foot Christmas tree begins to glow, the magic of the season really comes to life.”

Stay warm with free cocoa at the Broad Street entrance of the park. Event speakers include Cookeville Mayor Laurin Wheaton, Director of Leisure Services Rick Woods, and the Cookeville Police Department Chaplains and Phillip Gibbons.

“This annual tradition embodies so many wonderful aspects of our city,” says City Mayor Wheaton. “I hope you and your family will join us in this tradition whether it’s one you’ve done before or a new one you are starting!”

After the ceremony finishes, the tree will begin a 15-minute light show synchronized to music at 7 p.m. The light show repeats nightly at the top of every hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until the end of Jan. 2.

The tree’s lights will go dark every night at 10 p.m.

For more information about the event, call 931-520-4386.

Photo courtesy of Cookeville Leisure Services.

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