Tree-lighting ceremonies set for Friday

The official lighting ceremony for the Christmas trees at Columbus City Hall and at The Commons has been set for 6 p.m. Friday.

Mike Nolting, spokesman for the city, says the families who donated the trees will be on hand to push the switch.

The 22-foot blue spruce at City Hall is being donated by Lee Ann Mitchell of Yellowood Court. She said she is donating the tree in memory of her late husband Greg, who died unexpectedly this fall from liver cancer.

Shelley and Jerry Coomer of North Gladsone Avenue donated a 15-foot tall blue spruce on display at The Christmas Village at The Commons. Nolting said the family has decorated the tree for many years, but it finally got too big for the family to decorate.

Nolting said that the ceremony won’t have the cookies and hot chocolate it has in the past, but the city suggests you can come downtown, enjoy shopping at local merchants and the holiday spirit.