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'It's Lit!' : Madison's annual Christmas Tree Trail is open

Madison Mayor Paul Finley was the first to light up the 2020 Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail on Main.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala — In the midst of all the uncertainty the pandemic brings this year during the holidays, it’s good to know one favorite holiday tradition here in the Valley is still alive and well.

Today, Madison Mayor Paul Finley was the first to light up the 2020 Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail on Main Street. This is the seventh year the display has been up. City of Madison and the Madison Station Historic Preservation Society are organizing the display.

Rows of trees line Main Street and the display will be up until January 2. 

It's all for a good cause, the proceeds go to the Madison Station Roundhouse Restoration Project. 

Trees will be selected for awards. One tree will be selected for each of the "Mayor’s Choice", "Most Creative" and "Honorable Mention" awards. The winners of each award will be announced at the Madison City Council meeting on January 11.

We caught up with Madison Mayor Paul Finley at the tree lighting. He says this year’s decision on the 'Mayor's Choice' tree will be a tough one. Mayor Finley adds, “We are always looking for innovation. We are looking for the excitement of Christmas. Something that appeals to both kids and adults. There are so many different great trees to choose from. It’s going to be hard as it always is, but we’ll make it happen.” 

The lighting was streamed on the Madison County Facebook page.

While you're there, you can take a look at Christmas Card Lane, which displays giant Christmas Cards. You can find them on Church and Front Streets in Madison. The Christmas Card Lane is sponsored by the Madison Arts Council.

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