Michigan selects official 2021 state Christmas tree

Photo courtesy Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

It may only be October, but the state of Michigan is already making plans for Christmas.

The official 2021 state Christmas tree has been selected by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

The 63-foot spruce will be harvested from Marenisco in the western Upper Peninsula on October 27.

The tree, donated by Carla Fletcher and her family, will arrive in downtown Lansing on October 30.

"We came to the cabin for the weekend and saw a note posted that said the state of Michigan was interested in a tree growing close to the cabin," said Fletcher in a news release. "I thought it was a joke at first, but decided to call the number. It's amazing that our tree will travel to Lansing for the holidays."

The tree will be located at the intersection of Capitol and East Michigan avenues in Lansing.

A tree lighting ceremony is planned for November 19 during the 37th Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The event will include an electric light parade with floats, marching bands and a community sing-along.

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