WATCH: News 6 presents 2020 Lake Eola Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lake Eola Tree Lighting 1201.mp4
Lake Eola Tree Lighting 1201.mp4

ORLANDO, Fla. – Lake Eola is about to be lit.

Orlando city officials have installed downtown Orlando’s iconic Christmas tree. Crews have also decked the halls at Lake Eola’s Park Washington Plaza, but city leaders have decided to host its annual tree lighting ceremony online.

To safely ring in the holiday season, the city of Orlando will host a live virtual tree lighting celebration of the 64-foot tree on Dec. 5. People can get into the holiday spirit starting at 8 p.m. Saturday by watching the ceremony on ClickOrlando.com.

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The News 6 morning team will join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to help kick off the event. A festive program hosted by Pastor Billy Brath features musical performances by the Orlando Concert Band, under the direction Jon Territo, with special guest performers Tonya Staples, Stephanie Warner, John Sloan and Keith Mitchell.

The program culminates with the lighting of the city’s brand new 64-foot tree, which will musically sync with the light display.

The city’s new tree is adorned with 2,000 ornaments and 200 pounds in lights. After the tree is officially lit, the Christmas Tree Show will play each night at Lake Eola Park starting at 5:45 p.m. each hour until 9:45 p.m.

As the city’s token tree gives Lake Eola a festive glow, people can also enjoy the sounds of the season as the lights will musically sync with the lights at the Lake Eola fountain providing precise animation during the shows.

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Crews install Jack Kazanzas Star
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Though celebrations are moving online, city leaders invite people to enjoy the holiday decor by paying a visit to the downtown Orlando landmark. Masks, social distancing and a festive spirit are encouraged during your visit.


About the Author:

Gaby is a multimedia producer from Miami. She graduated from the University of Florida and joined the News 6 team in 2018.