City of Charlottesville Press Release:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville and UVA Community Credit Union would like to thank Betty Bollendorf of Albemarle County for the generous donation of her majestic Norway spruce to Charlottesville's Grand Illumination 2019!

The 30-foot tall spruce will be installed at its new location at City Hall Plaza next to Sprint Pavilion in mid-November and over 20,000 LED lights will illuminate the tree for Charlottesville's Grand Illumination on Friday, December 6 with festivities beginning at 4:30 pm.

There will also be a community tree-naming poll that will take place online, so be sure to visit and follow @cvillegrand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for those details along with other event updates as well.

Charlottesville's Grand Illumination is a free community tree-lighting event celebrating its 22nd year! For event inquiries and to learn about volunteer opportunities, please email