Annual Christmas tree lighting set for November 19

** UPDATE **

Following Governor Eric Holcomb's restrictions in Executive Order 20-48, the 2020 City of Evansville Christmas Tree Lighting will now be a virtual event.

The ceremony will be streamed live on Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's Facebook page on Thursday, November 19 shortly after 5 p.m.

A broadcast quality video will be published on Mayor Winnecke’s YouTube channel shortly after the event ends.

(November 12, 2020) — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will welcome the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the City of Evansville’s official Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center Complex on Thursday, November 19 at 5 p.m.

The Signature School Choir, led by Henry Maurer, will perform and Mayor Winnecke will offer a few remarks before starting the countdown to turn on the Christmas tree lights.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

"In light of all the pandemic-related postponements, this is one tradition our community can still enjoy," said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "Wearing our masks and distancing ourselves from others, we can safely welcome the holiday season."

Special thanks to the Southern Indiana National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) for donating the 26-foot-tall Blue Spruce for the City’s holiday display. And thanks to SKANSKA, the Evansville Police Department and Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company, for volunteering crews and equipment to safely cut down the tree and transport it to the Civic Center.

The Christmas tree is expected to arrive at the Civic Center Friday morning, November 13. The Traffic Engineering Department will decorate the tree with approximately 25,000 lights donated by Advanced Network and Computer Services. It will be topped with an illuminated “e” signifying everyone is welcome.

And the Downtown Economic Improvement District will have a few surprises throughout the ceremony to help spread the Holiday cheer.

The Christmas tree will remain on display in front of the Civic Center building through the holiday season and will be removed sometime after January 1, 2021.

Check out a video from last year's lighting: