Downtown Wausau neighborhood spreading Christmas cheer

Michael Leischner - WSAU

Michael Leischner - WSAU

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- A new Christmas tradition is beginning to take shape along 3rd Street near Downtown Wausau.

The second annual "Christmas Lives Here" event will see an area of 3rd Street near the Glass Hat bar transform into a wonderland of decorated trees of all sizes and colors. Blake Opal-Wahoske is a resident of the area and Director of the Wausau River District, he calls the event an opportunity to continue the revitalization of a growing area.

"With the completion of the first phase of the townhomes and the Riverlife Project, the neighborhood is experiencing a little bit of a renaissance," he said.

Last year's project saw about 14 trees line the street, and this year the group is looking to top that in a big way. Opal-Wahoske says anyone interested in placing a tree in the area can contact either the Glass Hat for placement or his office directly at 715-297-1829. Information is also available at the Wausau River District's Facebook page.

"Anyone that wants to spread the Christmas spirit is more than welcome to participate," he adds. The only stipulation on decorations for the tree is that they be tasteful and not offensive.