Tuesday, June 19 , 2018, 5:37 pm | Fair 71º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Santa Barbara’s Community Holiday Tree Arrives on State Street

City crews work to install, trim and decorate the 45-foot Douglas fir ahead of next week's 61st annual downtown parade

Santa Barbara city workers took part in a festive type of tree trimming Tuesday to help “plant” the Community Holiday Tree smack in the middle of State Street downtown.

A 45-foot Douglas fir arrived around 8 a.m. just north of the intersection of Victoria and State streets, where crews from the Public Works and Parks departments labored for several hours to install the Downtown Organization-sponsored tree.

Southern California Edison donated the tree, which was placed and pruned near the Arlington Theatre.

Crews fluffed leaves and untangled colorful holiday lights before carefully stringing them ahead of the Downtown Holiday Parade, which will take place next Friday under the theme “Holidays in Paradise.”

Many passersby paused to take pictures of the tree’s arrival with their smartphones, and even some of the city workers trimming the tree from lofted cranes.

A city worker strings lights on the 45-foot holiday tree that was placed on State Street Tuesday in downtown Santa Barbara. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

The official lighting of the tree will be next Friday at 6:30 p.m. before the 61st annual parade, and the lights will shine on throughout the holiday season, said Kate Schwab, marketing director of the Downtown Organization.

Schwab said the tree serves as a key staging area tool during the parade, with floats, bands and others lining up on either side before strolling down State Street.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >