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34th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by BVU

December 01, 2014 | 6:30 pm
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Bristol’s 34th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir. BVU technicians decorate the pair with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music performances, refreshments and a special visit from the Tennessee High School Viking Marching Band. Members of the local WCYB news team will lead attendees in the official countdown at 7:00 p.m.

Bristol’s twin-city mayors, Catherine Brillhart [VA] and Lea Powers [TN], are slated to throw the switch that illuminates Bristol’s beautiful community trees. Music, community and Spirit will fill the evening air as local residents crowd around the trees to ring in the holiday season together.

“This event holds a special place in hearts all across our community,” says Chris Hall, event coordinator and BVU employee. “Each year, we learn new stories of people that have attended this community tradition for decades. Of course, we love this event, but we’re amazed to see just how many others love it too.”

2014 marks a special year in Bristol’s history. In keeping with Bristol’s musical roots and the recent grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum adjacent to the community trees, BVU will be welcoming the Blue Ridge Entertainers to the stage for portions of the event. The area’s premier old-timey duo, featuring the talents of Kris Truelsen and Coleman Akin, will engage the audience with a deep dedication to their craft and love for making music.

2014 is BVU’s ninth consecutive year as the event sponsor. Cider and hot chocolate will be provided.

“This event is a small escape from the hectic schedules and chaos that are sometimes associated with the holiday season. It is an honor to see different families and members of our community come together to ring in the Christmas season,” explains Hall. “Over the past few years, we have seen this event grow into thousands of attendees.”


BVU is a utility that provides electric, water, wastewater, cable, telecommunications and advanced fiber-optic broadband services to customers throughout an 848-mile footprint that includes Bristol, Abingdon and surrounding areas of Southwest Virginia.

BVU’s advanced broadband division, OptiNet, was the first in the nation to provide the triple play of services (voice, video and broadband) over a fiber-to-the-user network. OptiNet’s newest service, QuantumHome, now offers home automation and security.

For more information, visit www.bvu-optinet.com.