Downtown festivities endorsed

The Downtown Vernon Association will have decorated Christmas trees on sidewalks from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6.

Downtown Vernon will be a festive wonderland during the Christmas season.

The city has approved a plan by the Downtown Vernon Association to have decorated Christmas trees  on sidewalks from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6.

“They will be decorated in different themes,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

“It’s a really great project.”

The DVA and Welcoming Communities Vernon have developed the tree program to support families and individuals in need.

“We are going to ensure no family goes without,” said Lara Konkin, DVA executive director.

The DVA will provide a lit six to eight-foot Douglas fir tree to any downtown merchant that wants to sponsor decorating of the tree.

On Nov. 29, during Light-Up festivities, the decorated tree will be located in front of the business and after Light-Up, it will be donated to families in need.

As part of its approval, the city wants assurances the trees will not block pedestrian traffic or parking spaces. The DVA will also be responsible for vandalism.