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Tree lightings coming to HMC, McDonough Square

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

The skies in Henry County will soon carry a holiday glow, above the Henry Medical Center, and the McDonough Square.

On Dec. 2, at Henry Medical Center (HMC), the hospital will host its eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., according to the hospital's Public Relations Specialist Michelle Nunnally.

"It's part of celebrating the season for our hospital [and] inviting our staff and the community to join together to do that," she said.

Holiday tunes, said Nunnally, will be provided by students from Dutchtown Elementary School, and Rocky Creek Elementary School.

She said another group of performers will take the stage together, during the event. "This year, there will be a choir made up of Henry Medical Center employees," said Nunnally.

Lights for the HMC tree will be provided by Locust Grove-based Christmas Decor. Jason Paulk, owner of the company, said a crew of workers will likely put in a full day's work to place lights on the tree.

"It makes a pretty big statement," said Paulk. "We light one about the same size at Clayton State University, but [the school's tree] doesn't have nearly as many lights."

Nunnally said the ceremony will also include carriage rides with Santa Claus. Cookies, apple cider and coffee will be served to patrons.

Two days after the event at HMC, another tree will take the spotlight for residents in McDonough. The Mainstreet McDonough program will sponsor a tree-lighting on the city's square, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The lighting will precede a Christmas parade on The Square, at 6 p.m.

Casey Case, media relations specialist for McDonough, said a 36-foot tree will be decorated and mounted in the heart of the city. She said the Christmas tree lighting has been an annual event for "a number of years."

"It's the tradition that, for the City of McDonough, kicks off the festive holiday season," said Case.

For more information on the tree lighting at HMC, call Michelle Nunnally at (678) 604-1026. For more on the event on the McDonough Square, call (770) 957-3915.