This month, Downtown Lodi very nearly did not have a Christmas tree. Despite the vandalism of one tree and disease in another, a large tree finally was erected for Lodians to enjoy as they shopped and visited Downtown this holiday season.
In Lodi's history there were also municipal Christmas trees in 1913, 1914 and 1915. The first Christmas tree in 1913 actually was a magnolia tree in the little Southern Pacific Park next to the Lodi Arch at Pine and Sacramento streets. In 1914 and 1915, the celebration organizers selected more traditional evergreen trees in the mountains and had them cut down and erected near the arch. Rather than a decoration for Downtown, the tree those years was more for the communitywide celebration of Christmas.