Metro Parks selects Christmas tree for downtown Nashville

(Courtesy: Metro Parks Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The search for Nashville’s official downtown Christmas tree is now over.

The Metro Parks Department announced it has chosen a 35-foot Norway Spruce from the yard of Davidson County residents David and Mary Taylor and David Helmontaller.

“The tree was about four feet tall when I first brought it home,” said Mary Taylor.

“We used to decorate them for Christmas and Halloween until we could no longer reach the tops. We cut the other tree down several years ago because it blocked so much of the view.”

The Parks’ Department will cut down the tree, remove the stump and plant a replacement tree for the Taylors while NES will transport the tree to Public Square Park for installation.

Then the department will decorate the tree with 6,000 LED multicultural lights.

“It’s important for people to know, we only consider trees that have outgrown their location or as requested by the owner,” Randall Lantz with Metro Parks explained. “In these cases, the removal of the tree actually ends up being a service. We do not just randomly cut down trees. I also want to thank everyone who called, emailed and text us about potential trees and or alternatives.”

The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Metro Courthouse in Public Square Park. The ceremony will include choirs from local religious organizations, bands from various schools and special guest, Margo Price.