The live Christmas tree on the historic Rutherford County Courthouse lawn will be lit for the first time tonight during a virtual downtown tree lighting ceremony on CityTV and other social media platforms.
Main Street Murfreesboro has partnered with Rutherford County, the City of Murfreesboro, and local sponsors to produce an hour of dazzling pre-programming leading up the tree lighting finale.
You can watch the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. on CityTV, RCTV, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, YouTube or Facebook. Both the city and county will be airing on their channels and social platforms.
City of Murfreesboro’s Michael Linn White and Larry Flowers take viewers through a wonderful collection of songs from local churches and Rutherford County high school students, dance numbers from The Dancer’s School, a Center for the Arts drama, Christmas story-telling with City Council members and County Commissioners, and many other surprises, including celebrity guest appearances.
Ruthie the Elf maintains constant contact with Santa waiting for his arrival to the public square. Ruthie, Santa and Mrs. Clause, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron and wife Teresa, along with Carly Beam, daughter of Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Membership Development Kelli Beam, will flip the big switch at the end of the show, followed by a virtual community choir singing the Christmas favorite, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
“We are so pleased at how our community came together to produce this virtual production,” said Main Street Executive Director Sarah Callender. “We realize that it’s unconventional, but we wanted to continue the tradition of starting the holiday season with the lighting of the tree in the most responsible way possible given the pandemic situation.”
“Rutherford County is fortunate to have so many talented individuals that could pull off an amazing show that truly has something for everyone,” said Mayor Bill Ketron. “We encourage you to pop some popcorn, get some cocoa, enjoy with those in your household or host a virtual watch party.”
Final promo for tonight’s production can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/kbpQySFYvZ8.