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Posted on: October 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] The Search is On for Tree, Talent, and More for the Return of Cville's Grand Illumination!


October 7, 2021

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville and UVA Community Credit Union will present the return of Charlottesville's Grand Illumination to the Downtown Mall on Friday, December 3 from 5–8 p.m. at Ting Pavilion! After going all virtual in 2020 with a special Holiday Concert broadcast, organizers are thrilled to be bringing this popular holiday event back in person for the community in 2021 - and now the search is on for a holiday tree to grace City Hall Plaza along with talented musicians to lift spirits on the pavilion stage for the signature Holiday Concert sponsored by Ting!


Do you have the perfect tree to light up City Hall Plaza for Charlottesville's Grand Illumination event and to sparkle throughout the holiday season? All community landowners, homeowners, and businesses are encouraged to submit trees for consideration! Tree candidates are ideally about 30 feet tall, fully branched on all sides, accessible by large equipment, and nearing the end of its life and/or needing to be removed for safety reasons. If you are interested in submitting a tree candidate for Grand Illumination 2021, please send the following information to (subject: GI21 Holiday Tree Search):

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Attachment/links to tree photo(s)

**Submission deadline is Sunday, October 17, 2021**

Once a tree is selected, City staff will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the tree at no cost to the owner.  When the tree is removed from City Hall Plaza in early January it will be prepped for chip mulch and delivered to area school gardens.


Grand Illumination producers are searching for diverse musical talent to participate in the Grand Illumination Holiday Concert sponsored by Ting! To submit your act for consideration,  please send the following information to (subject: GI21 Holiday Concert Auditions):

  • Name
  • Band/group name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Link to video submission (no attachments please!)

**Submission deadline is Sunday, October 24, 2021**


Interested in participating in Charlottesville's Grand Illumination 2021? Get in touch with us!

As we get closer to Charlottesville's Grand Illumination 2021 on Friday, December 3 be sure to stay updated with the latest event information by visiting and engage in fun, interactive posts by following @cvillegrand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#cvillegrand)!

Media Contact
Joe Rice
Deputy Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville

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