Lighting Wizard Back at Work on \"Magic Tree\"

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COLUMBIA - The man who calls himself "Will Treelighter" was back at work Thursday stringing lights on the "Magic Tree," a heavily-decorated tree for Christmas. Treelighter said the official lighting at the Village of Cherry Hill will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

The tree stands at the crossroads of Corona Road and Jubilee Street of Columbia. Randy Fletcher--Treelighter's real name-- is in charge of the design for the fourth year at that location. This year, Fletcher said he will hang around 40,000 lights on the cherry tree.

"I do have a color skim in mind," said Randy Fletcher, the treelighter. "I wanna make the trunk and some of the main branches be kind of a rosy red color, and with a block of green, yellow and orange towards the center of the tree."

The lighting of the tree will be the symbolic start of the center's holiday festival. Other activities include open houses, Santa Claus, face painting, wine tasting, horse drawn wagon rides, and holiday shopping.

"Judging from last year, nearly 300 people in the neighborhood came here for the lighting of the tree," Fletcher said. "I would have expected a even larger crowd this year."