Community Christmas Tree returns to El Dorado; MAD will also bring an ice skating rink this winter

Arkansas News

EL DORADO, Ark. (9/18/19) — If you’re not ready for the winter holiday season then this may help get you pumped.

Residents in El Dorado and surrounding areas have all been talking about the news of the adored Christmas tree that’s making a grand return this holiday season.

“It was just magical,” KTVE Account Executive, Sherry Cross said. “We did that every year as a family.”

The tree has been a staple in the town for about 50 years. For the last five, the tree hasn’t been displayed because of deteriorating equipment, the El Dorado News Times reports.

That’s why restoring the tree was so special to Cross and others on the committee. There are decades of memories that have been made under that famous tree.

“I’ve heard of stories of people proposing under that tree and people opening up Christmas presents from their boyfriends under that tree,” Cross said.

Cross had the initial idea of bringing the tree back and immediately formed a committee of some of the best brains in town to make it a reality.

Former mayor and KTVE anchor, Mike Dumas, was one of the members on the committee. He remembers leaving work and seeing hundreds of people in awe of the large lighting display.

“That was the whole idea to bring people to El Dorado to see the world’s tallest Christmas tree, ” Dumas said. “Most people enjoyed driving around under it and looking up at the tree.”

The Murphy Arts District is also adding to the holiday spirit. Last month, MAD began meeting with the Advertising and Promotions Committee to bring a full-size ice skating rink to its amphitheater.

MAD requested $35,000 from A&P and received $15,000 of that request.  Officials spoke with members of MAD board and they approved to fund the rest of the project, hoping the sales will make up the difference.

The rink can hold up to 150 people. It will be made of real ice and will come with a zamboni, skates, helmets and skating aids for small children. It will be open from November to January.

Cross says El Dorado will be the place to be this holiday season.

“It’s going to be a wonderful holiday season in El Dorao, the Merriest of Christmases,” she said.

There will be a lighting ceremony for the tree on November 21. MAD says they will have a grand opening for the ice skating sometime after that.

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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE: A Christmas tradition returns to El Dorado

EL DORADO, Ark. (9/17/2019) — Today, the Advertising & Promotions Commission in El Dorado, Arkansas approved the funding for the return of the Community Christmas Tree at the original location.

According to goElDorado.com, the tradition started in the mid-1960’s at the former El Dorado studios of KTVE-TV. In 1989, an estimated 25,000 people drove underneath the tree at 400 W. Main Street.

The El Dorado News Times will have more in Wednesday’s edition.

The El Dorado Advertising and Promotion Commission has approved funding for the Community Christmas Tree. Be sure to grab a copy of tomorrow's edition for the full story!

Posted by El Dorado News-Times on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The lights will start to go up on November 15th. The tree will be lit, along with the rest of El Dorado, on November 21st when the city holds the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting.

Through January 1, 2020, the lights will come on at 5 p.m. each day and go off at midnight.

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