Alpena family donates official state Christmas tree

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After combing through a forest of possibilities, Michigan’s official Christmas tree has been found in Alpena.

The 62-foot-spruce tree is being donated by Mike and Shelly Catto of Alpena.

The tree is the 10th tree from the Lower Peninsula and the second state tree from Alpena County.

“The state Christmas tree is something Michiganders look forward to every year,” said DTMB Director and Michigan CIO Dave DeVries. “People come from all over the state to see the tree decorated in front of the Capitol.”

The tree will be cut down on October 25 and delivered to Lansing at no cost to the state. It will be set up on the east side of the Capitol at the intersection of Capitol and East Michigan avenues.

The tree lighting will take place at 7:45 p.m. on November 16 as part of Lansing’s 34th Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.  

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