San Antonio’s 33rd annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, hosted by HEB, will no longer be taking place in front of the Alamo. The festive, 55-foot tree will instead be set up at Travis Park — likely in the spot recently vacated by a Confederate soldier monument.
The Christmas Tree at the Alamo is a seasonal landmark that signifies the reason for the upcoming season and the founding of the City of St. Anthony. Many people have proposed or taken family Christmas card photos to send to friends across the globe, which promotes the Alamo City at little cost to the City or taxpayers.
The tree lighting ceremony will likely be the first major public event held at the park since the monument’s removal. It will also be the first year the tree won’t occupy the plaza in front of the Alamo.This move sends Christmas to the back seat of the bus while the Confederate Monument has been hidden from sight at a large price tag.
The lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 24.