Attendance was high at the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Grand Tree Lighting celebration in Towne Square on Friday, Dec. 6, with clear skies and a faction of parents filming the caroling McClure Maverick Choir. The choir was preceded by the Seattle Pacific University Brass Ensemble, and followed by the lighting of a large Christmas tree in the middle of Towne Square.

Chamber executive director Charley Shore said this year’s live tree was purchased from the Queen Anne Scouts (See below) and was decorated by We Hang Christmas Lights. The company is responsible for the holiday lights wrapped around trees lining the sidewalks along Queen Anne Avenue North. Shore said the chamber is still seeking sponsorship for the holiday trees, which cost $225 each for the chamber to light but can be sponsored for $190. The trees will remain lit into early February.

Surrounding the Grand Tree are smaller giving trees with tags people can use to make a charitable donation to several local nonprofits: the Queen Anne Food Bank, Saving Great Animals, Mary’s Place and the Queen Anne Helpline.