By Julie Sexten
In a year full of uncertainty, you’re likely longing for the stability of holiday traditions now more than ever. Christmas is full of nostalgia that elicits heartfelt thoughts and familiar smells, sounds and sights. If you live in Columbia, Missouri, The Crossing Magic Tree is a must for experiencing such feelings.
What is the Magic Tree?
The Magic Tree is located at The Crossing and can be seen from Grindstone Parkway. The beautiful, 85-foot Sycamore Tree anchoring the courtyard is adorned in 38 miles of LED Christmas lights. The tree has enough lights to represent each person in Boone County, approximately 200,000. Our goal is for this to be a place for the whole community to come together. It is a representation that each individual bulb, when observed in unity with all the others, is something beyond impressive: it’s magical.
What to Expect at The Magic Tree
Even though this year will be different, we’re working hard to make sure we continue to uphold the tradition of the Magic Tree. Here are some moments you can look forward to:
- The official lighting will be on Friday, November 27th at 5:30 p.m.
- It will be lit daily from 5:00-10:00 pm and include music and festive photo ops
- On the first 3 Fridays in December from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the 4th, 11th, 18th), there will be hot cocoa, cookies, kettle corn, a food truck, snow machine, and photo booths.
- Weekly photo contests! Every Friday in December, the most creative photo by the Magic Tree will win a gift card. You must use the hashtag #CrossingMagicTree on your Instagram post to be entered to win.
- The daily lighting will continue through the first week in January
All activities are outside with lots of room to socially distance. This makes it a really good choice for small gatherings this season. While it may be a little cold, and you may have to wave to familiar faces instead of giving hugs, we think you will look back with fond memories on your time at the Magic Tree in 2020.
We experience the best parts of Christmas through events that help us celebrate joy, love, and goodwill toward and with mankind. We are doing lots of things to ensure you experience Christmas cheer in the presence of your community and—if this is your first time to the Magic Tree—that this is the start of a new, cherished tradition.
Looking for more ideas on how to establish new traditions this Advent season for you and your family? Check out some practical tips in this blogpost by Emily Pilkington.