Newcastle Fruit and Produce hosts Nov. 30 tree-lighting ceremony

November 15, 2013

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NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2013

The Newcastle Fruit and Produce Stand will host a Nov. 30 tree-lighting ceremony.

The Newcastle Fruit and Produce Stand will host a community holiday celebration Nov. 30.

The Newcastle Fruit and Produce Stand will host the community’s first ever tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 30.

“A Very Newcastle Christmas Celebration” begins at 7 p.m. at the popular stand located at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway.

“We’ve wanted to hold an event like this for a long time, but the transition from fruit stand and nursery to a Christmas tree-based business left little time for planning and staging such an event,” said Dave Franklin, co-owner of the stand, in a statement.

The event will feature Santa Claus, live reindeer, Christmas music, wine tasting, warm drinks and baked goods, all culminating with the 8:30 p.m. tree lighting.

The tree, a handpicked noble Fir shipped from Oregon, stands 20 feet tall.

The United States Marines will also be at the event to accept donated toys for its Toys for Tots program.

Children can meet with Santa and share their Christmas wishes, or play with his reindeer. The reindeer, from a farm in Eastern Washington, will be on site at the stand for a month.

Members of the Liberty High School choir will spread Christmas cheer with their voices, while the wine tasting, courtesy of The Wine Shoppe at Hawk’s Landing, is sure to keep Mom and Dad entertained.

Attendees can also stay warm with hot chocolate, cider, roasted chestnuts and baked treats from Two Teaspoons.

Members of the Newcastle business community worked together to make the event possible. Franklin is still seeking sponsorships from local businesses to help fund it, though. Interested sponsors should contact Dave at nfpcdave@gmail.com, or stop by the stand.

“We want to make sure the whole community knows they are invited to this free event,” he said.

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