Christmas is officially just around the corner!

Nov 14, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Logan Kenley of Gill Construction in Port Clinton had to crawl deep inside a Catawba Island pine tree to adjust a support strap that would allow workers to position this year’s downtown Port Clinton Christmas Tree at the corner of Perry and Madison streets. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN

It’s still the week before Thanksgiving, but when the crews at Gill Construction swing into action, it sure seems a lot like Christmas.

The company’s heavy equipment is needed to handle the massive Christmas trees that make their way to downtown Port Clinton each holiday season. The trees are generally donated by a resident whose pine tree started small generations ago, but now dominates their front yard.

Donating the tree to the City of Port Clinton, and kindly asking Gill Construction to safely take the impressive trees to the center of Port Clinton, solves a pair of problems.

Port Clinton city workers are tackling the job of decorating the behemoth, and a crowd will gather on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. to watch city officials and former tree owners flip the switch at 6 p.m.

Expect the town’s Christmas Tree to dazzle with as many as 3,000 Christmas lights sparkling each night at dusk.

“Everyone looks forward to the Christmas Tree lighting and the holidays, and Port Clinton will have an extra celebration with our Sip’n Shop Holiday Hop from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day,” said Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider. “It’s a special shopping day all around the area, as well, with shuttles running to retail shops and restaurants all over town, including the popular Harbor Light Landing shopping complex.”

Special gift sales will be in the spotlight, and out of town couples will be encouraged to come tour Port Clinton’s downtown, and gather on the streets to quaff a beer or two. Shopping has become popular for couples with the open carry regulations that allow enjoying an alcoholic drink while in local taverns and restaurants and while gathering outside the shops.

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