GRANTS PASS – The City of Grants Pass annual Christmas tree has been decorated and illuminated for spectators to enjoy for the holiday season. The 40-foot tree standing at Fifth and ‘G’ streets in the heart of the city’s Central Business District will remain in place until Jan. 6.
Hundreds of lights have been strung throughout the boughs of the giant white fir and ornaments of all sizes hang from its branches. The base of the tree is also surrounded by giant nutcrackers, light-up LED panels, holiday packages, and decorative spires. A bright star rests at the top.
“So many people came together to make sure this annual tradition continued this year, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this dose of holiday cheer to our entire community,” said Information Coordinator Steven Sabel.
Sabel coordinated the effort to obtain the tree and get it decorated for the season. Staff at the city’s Public Works Department and Property Management Division assisted placing the tree and bringing sufficient power to the site. The tree was provided to the city at a considerable discount by Jones Forest Products. Pat’s Cranes helped lift the tree into place.
Local contractor On 3 Construction was enlisted to manage the decorating of the tree with the assistance of volunteers from Barnstormers Theatre. Evergreen Federal Bank supplied the giant nutcrackers and light-up LED panels at the base of the tree.
“It has truly been a community effort for the benefit of all,” said Sabel.
Due to state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, an official annual tree lighting ceremony could not be held, and Santa visits are not available, but the tree is available for viewing and picture-taking for small family groups practicing social distancing.