Christmas on the Square tree

The Robin Holley donated by Franklin White and Shade Tree Nursery in Millennium Park that will be used as a living Christmas tree for Christmas on the Square.

LIVE OAK — The Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Live Oak and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will debut a new, living Christmas Tree at Millennium Park at this year’s Christmas on the Square.

Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis will light the tree in a public ceremony Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

“The Robin Holley was donated by Franklin White and Shade Tree Nursery to begin a new tradition of decorating and lighting a living tree that we can use as a backdrop for annual family photographs to chart the growth of our city,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hillary Cannon said in a release. “We also wanted to contribute to our environment and make a meaningful gift to the city for their support of Christmas on the Square”

The Suwannee County Chamber’s Christmas on the Square is the centerpiece of holiday traditions in Live Oak. The three-day festival kicks off on Dec. 5 with a kids fun run, 5k, movies in the park, and the lighting of the Christmas tree and continues until the closing lighted parade on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. More than 200 vendors line the streets of downtown Live Oak, offering handmade unique crafts and gifts, as well as showcasing local farmers and community organizations. Christmas on the Square is a marketplace like no other in rural north Florida, featuring a pop-up a food court as well as entertainment and games for children of all ages.  Santa and his elves will be in Santa Land offering tiny tots a chance to share their hopes and dreams with the Big Man himself.

“We are proud to support the Chambers activities around Christmas on the Square, and look forward to watching the new tree grow,” Live Oak City Manager Ron E. Williams said in the release. “It may be small now, but like our small town, we have plenty of room to grow and we, like the tree will!”

For more information on Christmas on the Square, or to become a vendor or sponsor, please contact the Suwannee County Chamber at 386-362-3071 or staff@suwanneechamber.com.

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