You are invited to join Mayor Lloyd Winnecke for the official City of Evansville Bicentennial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. today in front of the main entrance at the Civic Center, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. The North High School Varsity Choir will open the ceremony with song and Mayor Winnecke will offer a few remarks welcoming the holiday season at the Civic Center.

Special thanks to Larry and Betty Underhill for donating the 25-foot-tall Norway spruce as the city’s official Christmas tree; Industrial Contractors, Inc./SANSKA for transporting the tree to the Civic Center; and Sam’s Club and Walmart’s of Evansville for donating lights.

The tree will remain on display in front of the Civic Center building through the holiday season and will be removed after January 1, 2013.