Magic Tree creates traditions of wonder and awe

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 30 2017 Nov 30, 2017 Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:33:00 PM CST November 30, 2017 in News
By: Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - It’s a staple in Columbia every holiday season. The Magic Tree — a beloved cherry tree wrapped with Christmas lights — brings hundreds of people from all over the state, and Thursday night was no different. 

The man behind the tree is Randy Fletcher. He calls himself Will Treelighter. He said he tries to have different color combinations each year. 

“I stand back and think about what contrasts I want to see and then try to repeat it throughout the tree with variations, so that as you observe the different colors closely, each part of the tree has something a little different to offer,” Treelighter said. 

He spent 68 hours covering the tree at The Village of Cherry Hill. It took 46,000 lights to cover the entire tree, he said.

“The lights are taken down each year so the tree can grow and a new color scheme can be created the following year,” Treelighter said. “I takes about the same amount of time as it does to put the lights up to take them down and get them ready for the following season.”

Sarah Devoto, from Columbia, said she can’t imagine the holiday without the Magic Tree. 

“I can’t remember a Christmas without the Magic Tree since I’ve had children,” Devoto said. “We always have to come. You always got to squeeze it in and get your picture in front of it.”

Devoto has two small children. They come to the Magic Tree as often as 2-3 times a year. 

“It’s definitely a tradition for us,” Devoto said. “We even started going back when it was at its other location, and so it’s really nice that now there’s a celebration around the lighting of it. Our kids love to come here.” 

Devoto said the tree looks almost impossible to make. 

“It’s called magic because it almost looks like a human didn’t make it,” Devoto said. “It looks like something came down and made it just light up like that.” 

Gabe Deimeke, from Mexico, Missouri, has visited the Magic Tree four times. 

“I think it’s a cool place to come take pictures at with your family,” Deimeke said. “It’s a good picture-taking spot for nights.” 

The tree is lit each night through Jan. 6. The tree is also lit up for Valentine’s Day — including the night before. 

More News

Grid
List
MORGAN COUNTY - Morgan County Health Center (MCHC) posted to their Facebook page to let residents in the area know... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:32:20 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Representative Joe Runions is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 at home. On March 20, the... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is appointing Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson of Maryville to the... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:05:51 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
FULTON (AP) — A church in Fulton held its first drive-in services in its parking lot as it practices social... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:55:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY - As more testing is done, more people are confirmed positive for COVID-19. Chariton County placed a stay-at-home... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:24:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities woke up to damage that some have never seen... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
O'FALLON (AP) — The death of a person in St. Charles County from the coronavirus is the 10th in Missouri.... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:52:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A potential exposure of COVID-19 at Mexico Middle School might have occurred the last two days of... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that the Missouri National Guard would be mobilized to help with the... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide order for people to stay at home as... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AP — Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours,... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:04:41 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:55:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
(AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:43:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
PARIS (AP) - Health workers in Paris received a massive show of appreciation thanks to the Eiffel Tower. The... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:47:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
BOSTON (AP) - States are imposing new restrictions for travelers from the New York area, the epicenter for the nation's... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:45:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
GREENE COUNTY - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is "epi-linking" COVID-19 cases. A person's case is epi-linked if they... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 10:46:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
8am 48°
9am 50°
10am 52°
11am 54°