We are quickly approaching the holiday season and soon enough, you'll be seeing Christmas lights and decorations around and hearing Christmas music. With the approaching holiday season, the TaxSlayer Center in Moline is raising its annual Christmas tree and the lighting of the tree will be happening later this month.

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On Monday, officials from the TaxSlayer Center announced the return of a holiday tradition in downtown Moline. Its annual Christmas tree will be going up. The tree is scheduled to arrive this Wednesday, November 3rd .between 10:45-11:00 a.m.

This year's tree is being donated by the Rogers family of East Moline. The tree is about 40’ tall but will likely be cut down to 35’. The tree will be covered in approximately 30,000 lights but won't be lit until later this month. The Christmas tree at the TaxSlayer Center will be lit on Saturday, November 20, at the annual Lighting on the Commons ceremony on the John Deere Commons.

The Lighting on the John Deere Commons is a free annual community event that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Moline. The public is welcome to enjoy the festivities with friends and neighbors on Saturday, November 20th from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in downtown Moline.

Attendees can enjoy many holiday activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, live music featuring the local choirs, a children’s craft area, Santa, and the tree lighting ceremony of the TaxSlayer Center Christmas tree which is accompanied by fireworks.

Free cookies and hot cocoa will be available to attendees between 4-6 p.m. Additional information about Lighting on the Commons is available at lightingonthecommons.com.


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He's gotten his hands dirty and experimented so we don't have to. He has perfected the DIY McRib!

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