The Colorado blue spruce will grow to be about 50 feet tall, said Jim Warner of Warner Nursery, which donated the tree to the town. Photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead’s new town square has a new Christmas tree.

Warner Nursery in Baiting Hollow donated the 18-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce to the town.

“Every town needs a Christmas tree,” said Jim Warner of Warner’s Nursery. The town square is the perfect place for it, he said.

The spruce tree is currently about 26 years old, Warner said. At full maturity it will reach a height of 50 feet or more.

A crew from Warner Nursery plants the 18-foot-tall spruce tree at the town square this morning. Courtesy photo

Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and Riverhead Townscape are providing decorations for a tree-lighting ceremony slated for Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:15 p.m. There will be refreshments, including hot cider from Riverhead Ciderhouse, as well as performances by choirs from Riverhead High School, Riverhead Middle School and East End Disabilities Associates, Riverhead Chamber of Commerce President Connie Lassandro said today.

Riverhead Town in 2021 bought two buildings on the south side of East Main Street, opposite the Suffolk Theater, and tore them down to make way for a town square. The area has been graded and planted with grass seed. A walkway connecting Main Street to the riverfront parking lot has been installed.

The town designated J. Petrocelli Development Associates as the master developer of the town square project. Future plans call for the demolition of the building on the east side of the town square, where Petrocelli plans to build a boutique hotel with ground floor retail and restaurant uses.

The activation plan for the town square, presented by Urban Design Associates to the Town Board on Oct. 20, calls for the placement of movable tables and chairs, oversized games, a small performance space, and a seasonal holiday tree within the town square space.

The branches of the tree spread out after workers unwrapped it this morning. Courtesy photo.

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