Fort Worth Christmas tree arrives a day late
A 55-foot blue spruce Christmas tree, replete with LED Christmas lights, was set to be put up at the intersection of Third and Main streets in downtown Fort Worth earlier this week. However, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the tree arrived late, delaying the display of the tree in the popular Sundance Square downtown area.
"[The tree broker hired from Dallas] just messed up," Tracy Gilmour, marketing director of Sundance Square, told the news source. "It's a very public mess-up."
She also added that the tree broker simply missed his contracted deadlines. Sundance Square, the sponsor and organizer of the Christmas display, expected the tree to leave Traverse City, Michigan, on Saturday. However, the tree was not shipped to Fort Worth until Sunday.
However, officials from Sundance Square were also quick to note that the one-day delay would not negatively impact the time that had been set aside to decorate the tree. With the 6,000-pound tree base anchored securely in place, officials can now decorate the tree with the necessary LED Christmas lights before they are scheduled to turn on following the 30th Annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights on November 23.
Officials have earmarked more than 5,000 LED Christmas lights to be laced around the tree in a traditional nutcracker motif, according to the news source. Some of the assets that could go into the creation of motif lighting include snowfall light tubes, star-shaped lights and icicle lights to create a magical scene that will attract families and other visitors.
Additionally, for such a prominent outdoor display, the LED Christmas lights have been engineered to offer convenient and environmentally-friendly features. According to ENERGY STAR, LED Christmas lights can use automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors to ensure that no electricity is ever wasted.