Columbia's Magic Tree will light up the sky tonight

A Columbia Christmas tradition lights up the sky tonight.  For the last 10 years, people from all over Missouri have flocked to Cherry Hill Village to see the Magic Tree.  It's a tree that Will Treelighter decorates by stringing up over 64,000 lights.  Normally there’s a large festival to celebrate the lighting of the tree, but, due the pandemic, alternate plans had to be made.  Festival organizer Krista Kippenberger says at first, she wasn’t even sure if there would be a magic tree.

“I reached out to Will and I said are we doing a tree this year?  Do you feel like it?  And he says, yeah I think it’s more important than ever that we do a tree this year.”   

So there will be an official virtual tree lighting ceremony on Facebook Live on December 3 at 6 pm. 

Kippenberger says they still want people to see the tree in person, just maybe not all at once.  So the tree will be lit up every evening, starting tonight, for anyone that wants to get a sneak peek.  You can get out of the car and walk right up to the tree, though social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged.