A Norway spruce has been planted in preparation for the 2017 Festival of Lights.

A Norway spruce has been planted in preparation for the 2017 Festival of Lights. The tree, which is 20 feet tall, was planted last week right next to the location of the tree that it replaces, at Simpson Park. The spruce is planned to be lighted as a Christmas tree, and was brought in after the previous tree died and was cut down. “We wanted to keep a Christmas tree in the park,” said Barb Burton, a spokesperson for the Festival of Lights. Rod Diven, of Tree Patch, in Hamilton, Mo., recommended the Norway spruce, for the growing conditions in this part of Missouri and for the purpose of the Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights is currently taking donations to cover the cost of the tree.­­