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Downtown Carlisle Association volunteer Dan Emery takes Christmas lights out of the trees on the Square in preparation for a rewrapping project.

Trees grow. Strings of Christmas lights don’t.

That’s the crux of the problem the Downtown Carlisle Association is looking to solve with its “Light Up the Holiday” fundraising campaign.

Four years ago, DCA sponsored the wrapping of six trees in Veteran’s Courtyard on Carlisle’s Square with more than 100,000 Christmas lights. A commercial holiday decorating company, Rileighs from Allentown, provided the heavy-duty lights and wrapped the trees.

The lights came on each year when Santa lit the Christmas tree after the parade.

Over the years, the trees have grown and become too tight around the tree trunks.

“While this is a beautiful statement of light and excitement in downtown, this year the lights do require maintenance and replacing,” said Glenn White, DCA executive director.

“As the organization that owns Carlisle’s holiday angel and star lights, and new snowflake lights, we know how magical these lights can be,” said Tana Emery, manager of M&T Bank and DCA president.

DCA is seeking tax-deductible contributions to fund the $6,000 project to rewrap the trees. The project would include all new commercial-grade lights and a crew with bucket trucks to install.

DCA volunteers have already started taking the old lights off the trees, saving the organization more than $1,000.

“We are now looking for individual sponsors for each tree to fund the program,” White said.

The “Light-Up the Holidays” project asks for $1,000 per tree. The six trees will be labeled with the sponsor at the base of the tree for the Christmas Parade Weekend, and then on a banner during the holidays and Ice Art Fest. Other marketing partnerships can be added into downtown Carlisle’s events and programs with the investment.

If the entire amount can’t be raised, DCA will cut costs by asking for volunteers to help wrap the trees.

Donations can be made at the DCA website, lovecarlisle.com.

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Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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