ST. ALBANS CITY — This holiday season Taylor Park will feature an evergreen tree more than 20 feet tall donated by St. Albans Town farmer Bert Pion.

Christmas decorations have long been part of December in the park, but this is the first year for a Christmas tree, according to Marty Manahan, the city’s director of business development.

Volunteers from the St. Albans City and Town fire departments brought the tree from the Pion farm to the park and decorated it, said Manahan.

Lights on the tree will be turned on Saturday at around 5:30 p.m., along with other park decorations. The lighting will be followed by a bonfire and fireworks. “There’ll be a lot of activity around,” said Manahan.

Merchants will be offering Small Business Saturday sales that day, said Manahan.

The lighting is the kick-off for downtown’s holiday events. The Festival of the Trees starts Tuesday and continues through the week with the Running of the Bells on Thursday and opportunities to breakfast with Santa over the weekend, attend holiday music performance or dance at the gala.

There will also be plenty of chances for holiday gift shopping. For a full schedule of events see page2A.

For every $100 spent in a downtown shop or restaurant, visitors will be able to enter a raffle to win a $500 grand prize, a gas grill from Ace Hardware, or any of a number of weekly prizes. This year, visitors will be given punch cards that, once complete, may be entered into the raffle.