Here’s the new home for Delray’s iconic 100-foot Christmas tree

Delray Beach is relocating its iconic 100-foot Christmas tree from Old School Square’s front lawn (lower left in blue) to its east lawn, where the entire tree won’t be visible from Atlantic Avenue. (Contributed: City of Delray Beach)

DELRAY BEACH — New tree, new location — sort of.

Several changes to Delray Beach’s age-old 100-foot Christmas tree tradition have come in the past few months. The most recent of which is the relocation of the tree from Old School Square’s front lawn, visible from Atlantic Avenue at Swinton Avenue, to its east lawn, tucked deeper into the cultural arts center’s campus.

The tree will likely move to the east lawn after Delray Beach commissioners agreed to hire engineers to determine whether the new site is suitable for the large, aluminum-framed tree, which Delray Beach announced they would replace earlier this year.

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If all goes according to city plans, the tree will be placed between Old School Square’s parking garage and the buildings along Atlantic Avenue that house restaurants Cabana El Rey and Sazio.

People line up to go inside the Delray Beach Christmas Tree Saturday night, December 3, 2016 in Delray Beach. Volunteers set up the 100 foot Christmas tree in November for the holidays. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The top of the tree would still be visible from Atlantic Avenue.

The tree has been placed on Old School Square’s front lawn for 20-plus years. City leaders wanted the change because construction shuts down the front of Old School Square for a few weeks while the tree is being put together by cranes and city staff.

 

The new home for the 100-foot Christmas tree comes on the heels of the decision to replace the tree, which was found in January to be unsafe and structurally unsound.

The 100-foot Christmas tree is a walk-through piece, meaning visitors can stroll inside the steel structure.

But the steel was rusting, bending and cracking, said Interim City Manager Neil De Jesus.

City leaders in February agreed to replace the iconic 100-foot Christmas tree with an new, aluminum version for nearly $800,000.