ATWATER VILLAGE — August is not yet over but it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. At least that’s approach of those who organize the neighborhood’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. But, as planning got underway for this December’s event, organizers were shocked when they found out that the Wells Fargo branch on Glendale Boulevard would no longer host the holiday ceremony after 25 years, reports The Los Feliz Ledger.
The bank’s parking lot has served as a convenient place for the holiday celebration since it’s right nearby the neighborhood’s official Christmas tree, an approximately 85-foot-high redwood that towers above the Glendale Boulevard median at Brunswick Avenue, right across from the bank. The same lot also hosts the neighborhood farmers’ market.
Unless organizers purchase a $5 million liability policy, the bank could not allow its lot to be used for the event, Shelli-Anne Couch, one of the organizers told The Ledger. Organizers said they have only enough money to stage the lighting and one-day festival, prompting them to look for another site.
It’s not the first time the Atwater tree-lighting ceremony has caused a fuss. Nearly a decade ago, residents and business owners were divided over efforts changes to the ceremony.
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