Reading's official Christmas tree in place on Penn Square

City's parade down Penn Street set for Nov. 18

READING, Pa. - The calendar may say Halloween, but don't let that fool you. It's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Reading.

Workers finished putting the city's official Christmas tree in place on Penn Square in center city on Tuesday. The steel framework for the fake fir actually went up on Monday.

This is the second year Reading has gone with an artificial tree at Fifth and Penn streets. This year, the tree will stand 38 feet tall, with an additional four-foot section added to its base, according to Mayor Wally Scott.

The tree is already pre-decorated with colored LED lights and red, green and gold balls, so there won't be much more work involved in decorating the square for the city's annual holiday parade on November 18.

Organized by the Reading Downtown Improvement District, the parade will step off from 11th and Penn streets at 9 a.m. and make its way to Second and Penn. This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays."

A lighting ceremony for the tree has not yet been set.

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