Mayor Madden Announces Start of Annual Search for Troy Christmas Tree
With less than seven weeks until Christmas, preparations are already underway in the Collar City for the 35th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll, one of the city’s signature holiday events. Ahead of the event, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy is inviting members of the public to donate a tree for possible selection as Troy’s 2017 Christmas Tree. The selected tree will be displayed in Monument Square in downtown Troy throughout the holiday season. Troy’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 3, during the Victorian Stroll event, presented by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“Each holiday season, residents, families and friends of all faiths and backgrounds gather together to celebrate our community’s shared heritage and unique contributions to our city,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The excitement around the annual Troy Victorian Stroll demonstrates the importance of this signature event in officially kicking off the holiday season. By donating a tree to this year’s Victorian Stroll residents can help support this important community event and add to the excitement of Troy’s festive winter traditions.”
Members of the public wishing to submit a tree for consideration as this year’s Troy Christmas Tree can contact the Mayor’s Office by email at MayorsOffice@troyny.gov or (518) 279-7130. If submitting by email, please include “Troy Christmas Tree Submission” in the subject line, along with a photo of the tree, point of contact and contact phone number. Trees submitted for donation should be approximately 15 – 20 feet in height and should easily accessible and away from electrical and telephone lines. Tress located within the city limits of Troy are preferred, but not required.
Kate Manley, President of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said “Preparations for the 35th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll are well underway, and year after year the Chamber looks forward to this presenting this Troy tradition. The day’s festivities culminate with the lighting of the tree in Monument Square, surrounded by family, friends and the community coming together while singing carols. You could help in the merriment by donating a Christmas tree for all to enjoy all season long!”
The Annual Troy Victorian Stroll is one of the Collar City’s premiere free events which transforms downtown Troy into a magical stage featuring performers from across the region and offering more than 100 free attractions, including rides, refreshments, arts & crafts and much more from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s Victorian Stroll theme will be Winter Wonderland and will feature more than 100 live performances throughout the day. Dozens of Troy small businesses, including clothing, jewelry, gift boutiques and restaurants will open their doors during the festival offering visitors and residents an opportunity to finish their holiday shopping while supporting the local economy. For more information on the Victorian Stroll, please visit www.victorianstroll.com
The deadline for tree donation submissions will be at 4:30pm, Tuesday, November 21.