It's that time again! DPW accepting nominations for 103rd City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree!

MILWAUKEE -- It's that time again! City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works officials are looking for the 2016 City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree!

The 103rd City Christmas Tree will be on display inside City Hall in downtown Milwaukee.

DPW officials are now accepting nominations!

Residents and property owners within the City of Milwaukee are asked to check their yards for a Christmas
tree to donate this holiday season. Eligible trees must be located in the City of Milwaukee.

The ideal tree should be 30 to 40 feet tall, and must be accessible for harvest with a crane. That means there can be no overhead wires present to interfere with the process.

Generally, the crane is parked near the front yard or side yard to harvest the tree.

The tree candidates are judged on size, shape, uniformity, density, and color -- the same criteria that residents use to buy their own trees.

When a tree is selected, the City’s DPW Forestry staff will cut the tree, use the crane to place it on a flatbed truck for transportation downtown, remove the stump, and fill in the hole.

The tree will receive a police escort to City Hall.

Residents who wish to have their tree considered for 2016 should contact the City of Milwaukee at (414) 286-
CITY (2489) by Friday, October 14, 2016.

All tree candidates will be evaluated, and one will be selected and harvested in early November, and lit at the City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 17 at City Hall. Mayor Tom Barrett will welcome the donors of the selected tree, and all will take part in the lighting ceremony to “flip the switch."