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Fort Rucker tree lighting to kick off holiday season

Santa greets and hands out candy to children and families after last year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s tree lighting is Dec. 4 starting at 4:45 p.m. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Santa greets and hands out candy to children and families after last year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s tree lighting is Dec. 4 starting at 4:45 p.m. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: November 28, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 28, 2014) -- The annual Fort Rucker Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Howze Field Dec. 4 from 4:45-6 p.m.

“The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a perfect event to bring the family and friends out and celebrate the holidays,” said Brian Jackson, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “It provides an opportunity for fellowship, as well as fun elements like hot cocoa, caroling, lighting of the tree and seeing a special visitor from the North Pole.”

The 98th Army Band and local choir groups will perform together to entertain the Fort Rucker community, Jackson said.

“This event is open to the Fort Rucker community and patrons are asked to park in the parking lots surrounding Howze Field,” he said. “Make sure to arrive before 5 p.m. to get a good seat as the ceremony goes by quick.”

A close inspection of the Christmas tree will show that it is decorated with hand-made ornaments made by children in the community, Jackson said. Mike Kozlowski, Army Community Service, will narrate the event, and Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, and Col. Stuart J. McRae, Fort Rucker garrison commander, will serve as guest speakers.

After the ceremony, people are welcome to head over to The Landing for complimentary photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who may have some treats for the good girls and boys, he added.

Also after the tree lighting, the Fort Rucker community is invited to enjoy the annual spaghetti dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Landing.

“The Landing has created a great tradition of a tasty spaghetti dinner that follows the tree lighting,” said Jackson. “It is something that we started and has been well-received by patrons.”

Patrons will receive a choice of pasta and sauce, salad, garlic bread, assorted cookies, tea and coffee. The cost for the meal for a family – two adults and up to two children (12 and under) – is $25; adults can eat for $10; children ages 3-12 can eat for $5; and children under 3 eat for free.

This event is free and open to the Fort Rucker community and is Exceptional Family Member Program-friendly, Jackson said.

In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Landing.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting or the spaghetti dinner, call 255-9810 or visit

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