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What to Expect at the Magic Tree in 2023


The Magic Tree at The Crossing has been a festive addition to Columbia for 7 years. Meticulously wrapping miles and miles of lights around each branch of the 85-foot Sycamore tree is no small task. Stringing has to begin in October to be done in time for the official lighting ceremony on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

There are over 200,000 individual lights representing each person in Boone County. It is symbolic—when you observe all these individuals coming together as a whole, the result is magical. The Crossing hopes the Magic Tree is a place where everyone is invited and feels welcome to enjoy the spectacle together.

Here are some highlights you can look forward to at the Magic Tree this year:

  • Official Magic Tree Lighting – Friday, November 24.
    Join us for the official lighting of the Magic Tree with a countdown at 5:30 pm.
  • Live Reindeer and Reindeer Games – Friday November 24.
    Meet live reindeer and have fun with reindeer games and crafts for the whole family during the Magic Tree lighting from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Special Friday Theme Nights – first three Fridays in December.
    While the tree will be lit for you to enjoy every day from 5-10 p.m., Friday nights from 6-8 p.m. will be extra festive with food trucks, kettle corn, hot chocolate, Grinch and Santa appearances, music, and more!

We hope the Magic Tree will continue to be a part of your seasonal traditions and provide warm memories with family and friends.

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