MILWAUKEE -- With the snow and the cold -- it's starting to feel a lot like Christmas. The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Forestry Division harvested the annual City Christmas tree on Thursday, Nov. 7.
For 20 years, there's been an easy way to spot Daisy McGregor's home.
"When people come to my house and they've never been here, I tell them to look for the big Christmas tree," said Daisy McGregor, homeowner who donated tree.
She'll need a new landmark -- as soon the entire city will be looking at her tree in front of City Hall. The 35-foot Colorado Blue Spruce was chosen as the city's Christmas tree.
"It's a beautiful tree. I've loved it. It's gorgeous. It's perfect, and I get to share it with the City of Milwaukee," said McGregor.
It's a delicate process to load the tree up for its journey downtown, but it's a process that's familiar. This will be Milwaukee's 106th Christmas tree celebration.
Following the harvest, the tree received a Milwaukee Police Department escort to City Hall, where the tree was placed on North Market Street. The tree will be decorated by DPW Forestry staff.
"We needed the right tree. We've got the perfect tree now," said Mayor Barrett.
"At least it will be celebrated. Everybody will get a chance to see it with the lights and I'm excited to see that as well," said McGregor.
The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 beginning at 5 p.m. at City Hall. 2019 marks the 106th year of the Christmas tree celebration in Milwaukee, the second oldest such celebration in the United States behind New York City.