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Carols sung and umbrellas up for this year's Boise community tree lighting

Posted: 8:00 PM, Nov 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-24 03:02:06Z

Carols sung, candles lit, and umbrellas up tonight, as folks gathered in the rain for the annual tree lighting of a Boise community Christmas tree in Grove Plaza.

The free event featured live music and a drive collecting needed items for the Women's and Children's Alliance. Boise Mayor David Bieter led the yearly ceremony and encouraged families to sing along to Christmas songs.

"It symbolizes getting together and enjoying it with family and friends," said Brittany West, attendee.

The Downtown Boise Association reported that this year's tree comes from the front yard of Boise residents Dale and Doreen Eld-- and that the tree started in a Christmas tree farm in Donnelly in 1979. Boise Parks and Recreation, Boise Police, and Boise Forestry departments reportedly all helped in getting the 40-year-old tree up in the plaza.