MOLINE, ILL. (KWQC) – Ready or not, Christmas has arrived in downtown Moline. The annual Christmas tree was hoisted into place at the iWireless Center Tuesday morning for the holiday season. This year’s tree was donated by Chris Zimmer of Moline. If it seems a little early for the tradition, you’re right. Officials say they had to get an earlier start on getting the tree ready, due to the recent loss of an employee.
“We have a beautiful day today. We like to get it when it’s not rainy or inclement weather. We are grabbing it a little early this year because we recently lost our head grounds superintendent, Ann Pilichowsky, so we might be needing a little extra time in getting the tree decorated,” said Kevin Snodgrass, Director of Operations at the iWireless Center.
The blue spruce is about 40 feet tall and will be adorned with some 30,000 lights. The lights will be turned on for the annual Lighting of the Commons on Sat. Nov. 19, 2016.