Jasper decked out for the holidays

Downtown Jasper is now crowned with a live, decorated Christmas tree donated by Peyton and Craig Popp.

Peyton has wanted to decorate the beautiful tree since she and her husband moved into their Holy Family area home in 2020.

“I love Christmas and decorate in early November,” she explained. “I always wanted to put lights on that tree but never did.”

When the call came in asking if they would donate it for the downtown decorations, Peyton and Craig immediately said yes.

“We donated it mainly for our love of Christmas,” she explained. “It’s such a cool thing to have it in the middle of the square in Jasper! We are just honored to be able to be a part of the Christmas tree tradition!”

The lights on the tree, the beautiful red bows and the planters on the Patoka River bridge were financed by Patoka 2000, a committee of the Jasper Chamber. Contributions were received by individuals in the community in memory of loved ones or in honor of special occasions.

The perimeter lighting on many of the downtown buildings and the 17 large flower pots that line Main Street were financed by individual merchants and also by the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association and Heart of Jasper. Heart of Jasper volunteers also worked hard this year (with the help of  Green Thumb) to remove the summer plantings from the large flower pots and put in the festive Holiday Décor.

Along with the tree and flower pots, more than 100 decorative wreaths have been placed throughout the entire downtown area as a project from Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition supported by its many members.

The City Electric Department installed all of the garlands, lights, wreaths and the community Christmas tree. They also attached the red bows to the tree and were responsible for designing, making and placing the star at the top of the main tree.

The beautiful community Christmas Tree and all the decorations will remain in place during the 2022 Christmas and holiday season.