Crews harvest the 2016 City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree

MILWAUKEE -- Preparations for the holiday season are already underway here in Milwaukee. On Wednesday morning, November 2nd crews cut down the City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree.

The 38-foot Colorado Blue Spruce was located on N. 52nd near Washington Boulevard.Following the harvest, the tree received a Milwaukee Police Department escort to City Hall, where the tree will be placed in the planter near Wells Street and Water Street.

The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.

2016 marks the 103rd year of the Christmas tree celebration in Milwaukee, the second oldest such celebration in the United States behind New York City.