Cherished custom to include new tree, singing and Christmas story
Of all the many enduring traditions that help Prosper keep that unique small-town character, perhaps none is as dear to residents as the official Town Tree Lighting downtown by the Mayor. This year’s celebration, set for Town Hall, will take place on Monday, December 3 at 6:00pm.
That beloved tradition, while still closely cherished by local families, has been slightly updated this year, as the Town will inaugurate a new tree on the lawn of the recently-opened Town Hall, 200 S. Main St. Residents have, for a good number of years, previously gathered around the live evergreen, next to the old post office building on Broadway St., to keep the annual tradition unbroken, even in the face of harsh weather.
In fact, many long-time residents have seen that live evergreen grow each Christmas, from a five-foot sapling almost a decade ago to what is today a 12-foot tall tree with a generous girth. The number of lights and ornaments increased each year to keep up with the tree’s growth, applied with great care by the Town’s staff.
While now gathering around a different tree, the tree-lighting tradition continues downtown, by popular request, even when the Christmas Festival was moved from the downtown sector to the more spacious and accommodating Frontier Park. Families are cordially invited to attend and help keep the tradition alive. A performance of seasonally-appropriate carols sung by the Rogers Middle School choir will open the event and will be followed by the telling of a story by Prosper Community Library Director Leslie Scott. Then Mayor Ray Smith will conduct the annual countdown and flip the switch, illuminating the hundreds of bulbs on the 30-foot community Christmas tree. A community sing-along and passing of the candle flame will conclude the event at about 7:00pm.
“Historically, the heart of Prosper has been the site of the official Town Tree Lighting and we look forward to continuing that tradition,” says Dudley Raymond, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The hometown Christmas tree will be displayed at Town Hall for years to come and we’re excited to celebrate with the community.” More information about the Town Tree Lighting can be obtained by contacting Trevor Helton, Recreation Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-579-1068.