Submit your tree to light up Milwaukee's City Hall this holiday season

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The City of Milwaukee is in search of their 106th annual Christmas tree to put on display in front of City Hall.

Tree nominations for the 2019 holiday season can be submitted from residents and property owners within the City of Milwaukee who have a Christmas tree to donate.

City officials are looking for a tree that’s between 30 and 40 feet tall, and it must be accessible for harvest with a crane – meaning no overhead wires can be present to interfere with the process.

Tree candidates are judged on size, shape, uniformity, density, and color - the same criteria that residents use to buy their own trees.

When a tree is selected, the Milwaukee’s DPW Forestry staff will cut the tree, use the crane to place it on a flat-bed trailer for transportation downtown, remove the stump, and fill in the hole.

The tree will receive a police escort to City Hall.

Residents who wish to have their tree considered for 2019 should contact the City of Milwaukee at 286-CITY(2489) by Friday, October 18, 2019.

All tree candidates will be evaluated, and one will be selected and harvested, decorated, and lit at the lighting ceremony in November at City Hall.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will welcome the donors of the selected tree, and all will take part in the lighting ceremony to “flip the switch.”

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