These days, a Christmas tree is erected in Seventh Street Park, behind the iron fencing, where the Venus fountain once stood. It goes up in time for Winter Walk, and unlike the menorah, also in the park, the Christmas tree doesn't get an official lighting ceremony. Once it's up, the lights go on automatically every day around sunset.
This wasn't the case a hundred years ago. What happened then is described in this news item discovered in the Columbia Republican for December 24, 1918.
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