The view from Melissa City Hall has changed recently, with a 28-foot artificial Christmas tree on display in front of the building.

“I hope it’s a piece people can be proud of and appreciate,” City Manager Jason Little said. “Something we can build from going forward.”

The city set up the tree last week to decorate for the holidays. Little said the plan was to have a tree lighting ceremony right before the Christmas parade, but the weather didn’t cooperate, and they didn’t want to get people’s hopes up in case something went wrong setting up the tree for the first time.

“We wanted to get it set up,” Little said. “We were going to do an impromptu, have a blessing and a ceremonial lighting right before the parade, but the weather really wasn’t cooperating and so our plan is for next year to plan a more official tree lighting event.”

The city bought the artificial tree earlier this year. The tree is setup in four sections, is pre-lit, and takes roughly three hours to set up. Little said the tree cost approximately $6,500.

He said he hopes the tree can be something residents can be proud of.

“I think it’s a symbol of the season and it’s something that can be seen by those that live in our community and that pass our community, and it’s an important time of the year,” he said.