Kosciusko Main Street is hoping to start a new holiday tradition. The organization is hosting the first Kosciusko Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday night.
The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the tree, which will be located in downtown Kosciusko in the vacant lot next to Renasant Insurance. Along with lighting the tree, the ceremony will also feature a short time of community caroling and residents are encouraged to bring an ornament to help decorate the tree.
“We felt like this would be a community event that people could look forward to each year,” said G.G. Holmes, director of Kosciusko Main Street. “We hope this is something that can become an annual event. In an effort to allow more participation from the community, residents can bring ornaments to place on the tree.”
The tree, which is expected to be 16 to 20 feet tall, is being donated to the city by Mike Daniels, owner of the Christmas tree farm located at 5068 Attala Road 5216 just outside of Kosciusko off Highway 12 East. Wamble’s Machine Shop is also donating a specially designed stand to hold the large tree.
The ceremony is being held on Thursday night in conjunction with the Kosciusko High School band’s annual Christmas concert, which will be held on the square at 6 p.m.