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Lexington to have 2nd tallest Christmas tree in country

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

It's a tall order, for sure. Standing at 100 feet tall, a 137-year-old Norway Spruce on the grounds of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is being decorated for Christmas.

It's a first for the Estate, as crews string 32-energy efficient lighting strands from the top of the grand tree to its base, with a total of 36,000 lights.

The tallest live decorated tree is in Oregon State. But the one here in Lexington is a close second and the tallest East of the Mississippi River.

"I've been walking the grounds like thousands of people that enjoy Ashland for years and we have hundreds of old trees, and I just looked at the tree one day and thought, that would be really great for the whole community," said Christina Bell, Director of Development.

She got things going and there's been no turning back now.

"If I had known, I would have probably been embarrassed to ask, because it's a lot or work," she said. "but, I'm hoping it will attract a lot of people all over the Southeast, who will be able to enjoy this with the rest of us."

All the materials and labor were donated by a number of local companies. The spectacular 'lighting on the Lawn' will be held Sunday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The goal is to leave the lights on the tree year-round, so they can be turned on at anytime.

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