It’s a tradition that many look forward to every year, the HEB Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
It also goes hand in hand with another tradition, the Ford Holiday River Parade, which is just feet away from Alamo Plaza.
This year will be different and it’s not settling well with everyone.
The City of San Antonio recently announced that the tree lighting ceremony will be moved to Travis Park. Which of course, is a little further away from the Alamo Plaza.
“Why? Why? Why? Traditions are being destroyed. So many residents and tourist look forward the day after Thanksgiving. The Alamo, the Riverwalk Parade, The Holiday Spirit…” Edna Jimenez wrote in a Facebook post.
Norma Jenn Longoria wrote:
“There’s not enough room, people will be standing in the middle of the street.”
And Sharmain Davis Lopez wrote:
“Please help us KENS to get the location of our annual Christmas tree back to the Alamo location!”
We can’t change where the location will be, but Eyewitness News did take those concerns to the city and asked why the tree was being moved to begin with.
KENS 5 was issued the following statement:
“Moving the H-E-B Christmas Tree to Travis Park presented us with the opportunity to combine two beloved holiday traditions, the iconic H-E-B Christmas Tree lighting and CENTRO San Antonio’s Annual Lighting of Travis Park into one unforgettable holiday celebration. Moving the tree to Travis Park will also allow visitors to enjoy a range of family-friendly, holiday-themed programming throughout the month including movie nights, storytelling sessions, and photos with Santa.” -John Jacks, CCDO Director
Of course, not everyone thinks the move will be a bad thing.
“I think it’s a good idea. I like Travis park, the new revamp that they’ve done to it has made it look really nice and I think it will be a good improvement for the park,” Steven Lorber said.
“I think it would be a good idea. It would be really different and Travis park has changed a lot,” Nichole Nunley said.
Eyewitness News asked the city if the tree was being moved because of the long-term plan to change Alamo Plaza, the city said no and the decision was made independent of that.