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Crews are already preparing for the holidays at Milwaukee's Cathedral Park

Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 13:21:35-04

MILWAUKEE — Cathedral Square Park is getting ready for the fast approaching holiday season.

More than 150 evergreens were unloaded Friday morning, and crews are setting them up to be decorated.

The trees will be part of the 22nd annual "Community Spirit Park" Holiday Lights Festival.

Its one Milwaukee tradition that is not being interrupted the Coronavirus Pandemic.

"Not all of the things that we’ve done in the past will still be going on but the lights will still be here," said Greg Peterson, Director of the Clean Sweep Program for Downtown MKE.

Over the next week, the trees will be put into position and set up.

Typically thousands of children come from classrooms to decorate each tree with unique ornaments. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing that piece of the process.

"We're not going to have 3,000 kids in a week like we’ve had in the past," said Peterson. He says instead, children will create all of the decorations while safe at home. Then, small groups of one or two people will come help set everything up on site.

Nonetheless, the display will shine, even in this year of the pandemic.

"I think it’s something people will be able to come out and enjoy, easily be able to socially distance," said Peterson.

Everything will be officially decorated and ready for your family's viewing on November 19th. The display will be active until the New Year.

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