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Purdue Christmas tree arrives at Grand Hall

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas at the Purdue Memorial Union, especially after a crew dragged in a 30-foot-tall spruce tree.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 5:41 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 6:36 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI — It's starting to look a lot like Christmas at the Purdue Memorial Union, especially after a crew dragged in a 30-foot-tall spruce tree.


The Purdue Christmas tree is now up and being decorated. The 23-year-old blue spruce was donated by local couple Tim and Angela Phillips. Tim Phillips says crews were there early Monday morning to cut the tree down. A crowd gathered at the Union's Grand Hall to watch the traditional raising this afternoon.

Tim Phillips said they enjoyed the tree for many years, but it was starting to get a little big.

"It's going to be missed greatly. The wildlife like to hunker down into it during the winter time, so it will be missed, but it's for a good cause," Phillips said.

Purdue employee Eileen Thompson says it's a wonderful tradition.

"I love seeing all of the people gather around for something so amazing and joyful. I hope they continue it for many, many, many more years," Thompson said.

The tree lighting is Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public. There will also be live music in the Grand Hall from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

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