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THE CHAMPION, THURSDAY DEC. 26, 2019 - JAN. 1, 2020 • PAGE 7
City's first Christmas tree lighting
BY JAY PHILLIPS
Stonecrest had its first Christmas
tree lighting Dec. 19 at City Hall.
The city planned to have its first
tree lighting two years ago, but it
had to wait a year after the city hall’s
landlord slowed down the process,
according to Stonecrest Director of
Communication Adrion Bell.
“She just wanted to make sure no
one was offended,” Bell said. “This
year we pulled all of the tenants in the
building together to make sure no one
However, Bell said this year’s
Christmas tree lighting was still a
landmark event for the city.
“We were able to start a tradition
this year,” Bell said.
Stonecrest’s tree lighting came a
little more than a week before the city’s
Christmas dinner which featured live
music, food and more and marks the
first of many traditions the city plans to
start and continued on in 2020.
The Christmas dinner was dubbed
“The Ultimate Holiday Experience,”
by the city and was held at AEI Startup
Factory in the Stonecrest Concourse.
The city sold tickets to the dinner
party and all ticket contributions
went to support “philanthropic efforts
for family crisis initiatives through
Stonecrest Fest Inc.,” according to the
fliers the city put out.
“We’ll host the Caribbean Fest on
Memorial Day weekend,” Bell said
“We’ll have at least one Stonecrest
Festival, kind of like a music fest.
Since last summer we have acquired
nine parks, and the one at Southeast
Athletic Complex has almost enough
room to hold a festival without
Bells said a mayor’s golf
tournament, a MLK Day Parade, and
other events are also on Stonecrest’s
horizon for 2020.
“Next year could be even bigger
and better,” Bell said.
Stonecrest’s Christmas tree is located in the
lobby of the city hall building
Stonecrest’s smaller Christmas tree located
inside of city hall. Photos by Jay Phillips