Officials light up tree to bring residents downtown

Water, Gas & Light workers are taking to steps to put up and decorate the city of Albany's Christmas tree downtown just in time for the annual parade.

Workers began digging holes and securing the 25-foot-tall tree on Monday afternoon and say this year, it's a quick turn with the Thanksgiving holiday falling so close to the first week of December.

WG&L representatives say the tree is meant to represent the city and county coming together to celebrate and encourage people to come downtown, which they hope many will do on December 7th for the parade.

This year's tree was donated from a Lee County man who would like to remain anonymous, and officials say it took the man 10-15 years to grow the enormous tree.