A Manassas tradition is continuing this year with a slight change.
The city is starting the holiday season with a new Christmas tree.
“The original Christmas tree was planted 15 years ago and had some damage from ice storms, and had to be replaced last year,” Mark Olsen from the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee explained.
Its replacement, which was provided by Okra’s Cajun Creole in Manassas, didn’t survive.
Community members will help with upkeep of the new tree, which was also donated by Okra’s Cajun Creole.
“The City of Manassas has a beautification committee, who’s responsible for the trees in the City of Manassas who works closely with the City of Manassas Arborist Dan Spoden,” Olsen said.
Next week, the tree will be the center of attention next week.
On November 30, the annual Santa Lights Manassas will be taking place on the Manassas Museum lawn at 5:15 p.m.
“Santa will be coming in on the train — on [Virginia Railway Express] — and he’ll come over, we’ll light the tree,” Olsen said.
Santa Lights Manassas isn’t the only holiday event occurring in the city.
The 73rd annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, “A Rocking Christmas,” will be running through downtown Manassas at 10 a.m. on December 1.
More information about Santa Lights Manassas and the Christmas parade is available at gmchristmasparade.org.
Additional events are scheduled throughout Prince William County. To see more upcoming programs, check out our Community Calendar.
Here are a few highlights of the 2018 Santa Lights Manassas:
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