By NewsLine Staff

Last year the Mandarin Community Club sought out and purchased a soaring 21 foot live tree from a lot in North Carolina for the first ever Community Tree Lighting event. The event was specifically created to spread some much needed good will and holiday cheer after months of the pandemic. Who would have thought a year later we would still be feeling the effects of the pandemic? So, it’s time to bring on the tree, light it up and create some community holiday cheer again. 

The club is working once again with the assistance of Liberty Landscape to locate and transport another 20 foot Fraser fir tree that will be the centerpiece of the tree lighting event on Friday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5 p.m. — in the heart of Mandarin on historic Mandarin Road. 

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“Join us on the Mandarin Community Club grounds for food, live music, a visit with Santa and of course the lighting of the massive Christmas tree,” said Mandarin Community Club president, Susie Scott. “The tree will brighten the night with hundreds of sparkling lights and is topped with a custom handmade giant orange tree topper to represent the Mandarin name and tradition.” 

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and a food vendor will be available for those that want to arrive early to park and grab some light dinner. For safety of all, the gates will close just prior to the 6:30 p.m. tree lighting. 

“And kids, bring your letters to Santa to drop into Santa’s Mailbox for delivery to the North Pole,” said Scott.

The club is also selling luminary kits and encouraging everyone to Light the Night and show their love for Mandarin. 

“LUM means ‘Light Up Mandarin’ with your luminary kit for sale before and during the Tree Lighting event,” Scott said. “And get ready for Santa’s visit on the night of Dec. 24 by buying a pack of Reindeer Food, which will also be sold as a fundraiser for the community club.” 

To purchase luminary kits, call Mark at (904) 704-6787 or the Mandarin Community Club at (904) 268-1622 with the number of kits requested — while supplies last. Each kit consists of 10 white bags, 10 battery operated tea lights and sand for only $10. 

The Mandarin Community Club is located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Visit or email for more information.

Photo courtesy Mandarin Community Club
The Mandarin Community Club tree lighting event will be held on Friday, Dec. 3.

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