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San Antonio Debuts a New, All Red Christmas Tree

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Since the city Christmas tree location moved from the Alamo Plaza to down the street at Travis Park, San Antonians have had mixed feelings about the changing of the tradition. On Friday night, the lighting of the city tree finally took place, so families were able to see how they really felt about the new location and tree.

MySA.com explains that city officials say they needed to move the tree since the Alamo will be undergoing redevelopment. Also, Travis Park has more room and the Centro San Antonio’s Annual Lighting of Travis Park event.

This year marked the 33rd year of the H-E-B Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the tree’s appearance was a bold choice – red with white lights. Over on My SanAntonio’s Facebook page, people weren’t afraid to express their opinions about the new look. “Its just red. I expected more colorful lights than just red,” Melissa Leilana wrote. And, of course, the controversy over the change in location still stands strong. “STUPID decision moving the tree. Not going to Travis Park to see it!” Doreen Nelson Smith exclaimed.

But some people decided to embrace the change. Mark Marek wrote, “My wife and I attended the lighting ceremony…..very beautiful and is makes sense with the construction work in front of the Alamo….I support the restoration of the Alamo to its original architecture and grounds…”

The light display and the tree will be up until January 7.

Christmas time in the city…

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