Tower LightingDecember is here and it’s time to embrace the holidays with the 12th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration. There is always a chance of snow, along with sensational community choral groups and other surprises! This event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and features a surprise guest from DPAC (Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical!”), Violinist, Daniel D. & Faith Lynn, The Hillandale Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Dena Byers, The Riverside High School Rapids Ensemble, under the direction of Mrs. Jill Boliek, and performances by Elevate, Barriskill Dance Theatre School and a visit from the man in red himself…SANTA! Be one of the first 750 people on site and receive a Light Wand sponsored by 811 Dig North Carolina and PSNC Energy. And don’t forget to visit the Tree of Bikes on the Burt’s Bees Patio!

Triangle Christmas Tree ChallengeAt the conclusion of the event (estimated at 7:00 p.m. when the tower lights up), the holiday fun continues over at Diamond View Park as the Triangle Tree Challenge comes to life and the voting begins! Second Chance has a decorated tree on the lot (tree #27, right next to the DPAC main entrance) and each vote from you means a chance for homeless dogs and cats to win money and find homes! Voting opens at 7:00pm December 2 and continues until 11:59 p.m. on December 16. Selfies with Santa will be available near the Trosa Tree Lot.


  1. Vote once a day online HERE on your laptop or cell phone.
  2. Switch your phone over to your data plan and vote on the website again. 🙂
  3. Text TREE 27, including the space, to 25827.
  4. New this year: you can also cast your vote for your favorite tree each day via the WRAL “Out and About” app available for iOS and Android.

Tree Decorating