2,000 lights to glow on ‘Peace Tree’

By Joshua Benton
Staff Writer
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With a quick plug into an electrical outlet, the most visual signal of the impending holidays will get switched on Wednesday.

At noon in downtown Dallas, the “Global Peace Tree” will be officially lighted at City Hall Plaza. The 18-foot-tall tree will be decked with 2,000 lights and hundreds of hands drawn by area schoolchildren.

Many of the decorations will be red, white, and blue to reflect the events of the year.

Three things this year’s tree is meant to stand for: global friendship, dialogue, and unity.

One thing it isn’t: nature. The tree’s a fake.

— Joshua Benton