Michigan Has an Official Christmas Tree for 2023
It’s not even Halloween yet, but Christmas is on the way. I know, it might be a bit early, but that’s okay. If you can’t beat them, join them. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) has picked the official 2023 state Christmas tree. The massive tree, a 60-foot spruce, will be harvested from Onaway in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This should make a beautiful official Christmas tree for the Mitten. Onaway resident Vic Ruppert and his family have actually donated the tree to the State to honor his late wife, Shirley Ruppert. The spruce will be in downtown Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 28, so well before the holidays.
According to the DTMB, “The tree will be harvested Thursday, Oct. 26, and transported to the Capitol with help from the Michigan Association of Timbermen, the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and DTMB’s Christmas tree crew. Once at the Capitol, local Boy Scout troops will continue the tradition of untying the tree.” Also, the HI-Ball Company of Lansing will offer a crane and crew to hoist the spruce, and it will stand near the intersection of Capitol and East Michigan avenues.
The official tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, at the 39th Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and offers “more than 70 entries decked out with thousands of lights, high school marching bands, horse drawn carriages, and the arrival of Santa Claus; lighting of the state tree; community sing; and drone holiday light show,” according to a release. Finally, visitors will get to watch a full fireworks display over the Capitol.
For more information on Silver Bells in the City and the events lined up for that evening, visit SilverBellsintheCity.org. Check out a photo of the official Christmas tree for Michigan in all of its glory here.