St. Andrews lights up the Christmas season

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in St. Andrews!

Christmas time is here in Downtown Historic St. Andrews, where the new tree was officially lit up for the season. (WJHG/WECP)

Friday night they lit up the holiday season with their new Christmas tree at oaks by the bay!

This is the first time this specific tree has been lit up after the old tree had to be taken down after Hurricane Michael. It was donated by Lisenby nursery.

Organizers say the new tree will symbolize the growth of the St. Andrews community.

"Because this is a small, tight-knit community, and so we love celebrating everything together as a community, the partnership tries to do as many community events as we can, and every time we do one, you see everyone in the different neighborhoods come in, and it's just a good way to start up the holiday season,” said Robbie Fehrenbach, the President of the Historic St. Andrews Waterfront partnership.

Local business owners in downtown Historic St. Andrews say this is a busy time of year, but they are glad to have all the people come by and shop local.

"We need people to come shop local, spend their money here so it doesn't go anywhere else but supports our local community," said Matthew Cole, who works at Taproom.

You can check out the decorations and Christmas tree at Oaks by the Bay park in downtown Historic St. Andrews.

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