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Tradition Returns With Lighting of Historic Downtown Murrieta Tree

The tree at the corner of Washington Avenue and Juniper Street in Historic Downtown Murrieta will be relit on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (Patch file photo)
The tree at the corner of Washington Avenue and Juniper Street in Historic Downtown Murrieta will be relit on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (Patch file photo)

Murrieta residents got a new Christmas tree this year at Town Square Park thanks to a donation, and now the Historic Downtown Murrieta Association said a separate donor is helping bring back another tradition.

A group of HDMA members are scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the corner of Washington Avenue and Juniper Street to light the large tree that for years served as the city’s Christmas tree.

Due to a lack of funding when it came to paying for a lift crew to install the lights and decorations, the tree was dark last year, according to Connie McConnell, HDMA president.

However, McConnell said that this year, the owner of the property where the tree sits has provided the necessary funding.

“In the past there has been a wonderful tradition of Murrieta residents joining together at Christmas time for fellowship around the tall tree,” McConnell said. “We're bringing this back."

Members of the community who wish to attend Wednesday’s lighting are invited, and may bring an ornament that represents their family or business.

“These ornaments will be hung on the lower branches,” McConnell said. “Then we will have some caroling and light the tree.”

Following the lighting, refreshments will be served at Joannie’s Cantina, 24750 Washington Ave.

To add to the festive downtown display, McConnell said the owners of the historic Kane house—across from The Mill Restaurant—have agreed to decorate and light that tree as well this year.

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