Jefferson City is getting its own Magic Tree

The Magic Tree inside the Village of Cherry Hill in Columbia.  Photo courtesy of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

You may have been to the one in Columbia, Boonville, or even Fulton … but now Jefferson City is getting its own Magic Tree.

Magic Trees are large trees that feature tens of thousands of lights.  There are Magic Trees in Fulton, Boonville and Lee’s Summit, but the most famous one may be in Columbia.  Optimist Club Member Don Lewis says he came up with the idea of setting up a tree in town after seeing how many kids and teens flock to the one in Columbia to get their pictures taken.

“We have a lot of people that do go to see the Magic Tree, but at the same time, too, we have a lot of people in Jefferson City who’ve never seen it.  Maybe surrounding communities, around Jefferson City, that have never made the trip.  So we just thought it was something neat to do, that Jefferson City needed its own little magic tree.

Lewis says they’re already working on the project.

“So far, we’ve ordered 24,000 lights.  We’re hoping those come in this week.  And we’re looking at possibly adding another 20,000 lights to it, so we could have as many as 40 to 50,000 lights on this tree.” 

The lights will shine on the same day that tree sales start, Saturday, November 27.  The Optimist Club has been selling trees in Jefferson City for more than 60 years.  The trees used to set up in front of the Carpenter’s Building, but that building was sold.  So now the trees, including the Magic Tree, will be set up across the street in an empty lot owned by Hawthorn Bank.