It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Lewes.
A 30-foot blue spruce tree arrived at Zwannendael Park Monday morning to serve as the city's official Christmas tree.
City crews said the tree will be complete with decorations by Thursday, at the latest, ahead of this weekend's Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.
"I'm excited about seeing the Christmas tree go up so I've been taking pictures as the guys work on it," said Pam Rankin, who lives next door to the park.
The tree was donated by Liz Hudson from her private property and was surveyed, cut down and delivered to the park by Reds Dolson from J.L. Briggs and with assistance from local business owner George Plummner.
It's what could be a new tradition for the city after its usual tree just couldn't quite measure up anymore. A smaller evergreen tree located in the park has served as the official city Christmas tree for years, but this time around the city decided to set its sights higher.
"This year we actually wanted to do something similar to what Rehoboth does," said Alison Kirk who works for the city and oversaw the tree's arrival. "So this is the first year of having the large tree."
The tree's delivery also came with a few obstacles.
"It was a little bit of a challenge to get it underneath the wires. And of course what we thought was the correct diameter of the tree, it's just a tad bit larger now that you actually get it here," said Kirk.
With some maneuvering and a bit of trimming around the trunk, the tree was fully loaded into place by mid-morning.
Neighbors like Pam Rankin who watched the tree go up said there's nothing like Christmastime in Lewes.
"It just feels like back when I was a child at my grandma's and it was a small town," said a nostalgic Rankin while also looking ahead to this weekend's festivities. "They shut down Second Street and all the merchants do a Hospitality Night. So it's just 48 hours of feeling like old time Christmas."
The Lewes Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.