If you have lived anywhere along the Eastern Shore or even in Mobile for any amount of time, chances are you’ve heard of one of Fairhope’s most heartwarming traditions!
“Lighting of the Trees” draws families far and wide to make a special memory together in a particularly dazzling way. I just love the entire process. For weeks and weeks leading up to the spectacular night, you see city workers up at the top of their high truck lifts, weaving endless strings of Christmas lights throughout the branches of the trees that line the roads of Downtown Fairhope. If you live or work in Fairhope, you get to watch the progress as lights appear on more and more trees, making their way down Fairhope Avenue and Section Street. But until the night of the official lighting, all the trees remain dark and the lights unlit.
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Then, on a Thursday night, crowds of people from all over the surrounding areas pile into the Downtown area to watch all the lights come on for the first time! It really is a magical moment. Several of the small businesses downtown offer hot chocolate, and usually, there is a stage set up with a choir in costume singing Christmas songs. Right at the moment when all the trees light up, snow begins to come down in droves! Even if we’re all sweating?, our faithful snow machines help remind us of those picturesque winter scenes where everything is merry and bright✨? (Thankfully it’s looking to be a bit cooler this year!) It’s the perfect night for taking pictures together with friends and family, and then after that for the next 5 months or so, the trees light up every evening around 5:00, creating the most charming, festive backdrop for your Christmas shopping and date nights.
“Lighting of the Trees” is one of my favorite traditions and I’m looking forward to it so much this year. Unlike many other social events, this one was not canceled due to Covid-19, thankfully! Apparently, there are definitely social distancing and safety measures in place for this year, so it may look slightly different than we’re used to in some ways, but I know it will still be wonderful. “Lighting of the Trees” 2020 is scheduled for this Thursday, November 19th at 6:00pm. Whether you’ve come every year for years, or this will be your first time, I hope you make it this year!
(P.S. Just want to throw this out there…living at 51 White Ave would put you within walking distance of Downtown, to enjoy all of Fairhope’s events like this just a couple blocks away from home!?)