Evansville's Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be Virtual Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

City officials said the decision to hold Evansville's Christmas Tree Lighting as a virtual event was made following the issuance of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's new COVID-19 restrictions.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 12:16 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 12:44 PM

Officials in Evansville say the city's 2020 Christmas Tree Lighting event will now be held virtually.

The decision to hold the holiday event virtually was made after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a new COVID-19 Executive Order, tightening restrictions on gatherings throughout the Hoosier State.

The Christmas tree, which will be decorated with some 25,000 lights, arrived at the Civic Center on Nov. 13 - the location where dozens would normally gather for the event during its Nov. 19 lighting.

Under Gov. Holcomb's new Executive Order, Indiana counties currently classified as Orange on the state's COVID-19 metrics map, such as Vanderburgh County, have a limit of 50 attendants for social gatherings of any kind -indoor or outdoor - prompting city officials to hold the 2020 lighting of the tree virtually.

The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be streamed live on Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 19, shortly after 5 p.m.

An event page for the lighting of the tree has also been created on Mayor Winnecke's page.

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