2019 Christmas tree in Petersburg. (Image/KFSK)

The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has helped host a downtown tree lighting event for the past 30 years.

The annual Tree Lighting will be happening again this Friday (Nov. 27) with some COVID protocols in place. The Chamber of Commerce has worked with the Emergency Operations Center to come up with a different kind of event that requires masking and social distancing of six feet between family pods.

There will not be a parade but there will be two back to back tree lightings with outdoor food vendors.

Mindy Lopez is the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and she spoke with KFSK’s Angela Denning about the details.

Mindy Lopez is the Director of the Chamber of Commerce. She adds there is always the possibility of the event being canceled if there was a big COVID outbreak in town beforehand.

The timeline has food vendors opening at 5 p.m. Families gathering around 5:15 p.m. for the lighting; and gifts will be handed out then to children. The first tree lighting will be at 5:30. The lights will be turned off around 6:15 p.m. for the second tree lighting, which happens at 6:30 p.m.

Lopez says that people should not attend if they’ve had symptoms or were exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days. If people have traveled from in or out of state, they should follow the EOC and Borough’s requirements.


The Chamber of Commerce sends a thank you to everyone who has played a big role in making the Christmas Tree Lighting spectacular every year. Thank you to our Santa, City, Businesses and Matt Bryner. Matt Bryner has made a huge difference with adding many more lights to make the tree something we can really be proud of.