Monthly Archives: June 2017

Tall Evergreen Tree Sought for Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” Festivities

June 2, 2017

A tall evergreen tree, approximately 80 feet in height, is sought to serve as the sparkling centerpiece of Union Depot’s annual “Hub for the Holidays” festivities this winter in Lowertown. The majestic evergreen fitting this description will become the featured holiday tree for the Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, December 1, 2017.


The Union Depot Holiday Tree will stand tall on the North Plaza, adjacent to the Green Line light rail station on 4th Street, to welcome visitors to the venue’s grand front entrance.  Twinkling brightly with more than 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights, the tree will brighten the winter nights through January 1, 2018.


The key requirements for trees to be considered are:

  • they must have overgrown their location or otherwise need to be removed
  • be in good condition as the tree will be viewed from 360 degrees
  • located within Ramsey County


Individuals interested in donating a tree for this celebration should email their address and a photo of the tree to or call 651-202-2700. The owner of the chosen tree will be eligible to have the tree removed and the stump ground down at no charge, and may also be eligible for a tax deduction.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 29, 2017.


The Union Depot Holiday Tree will be chosen by November 1 and will be cut, transported and installed on Union Depot’s North Plaza by November 24.


The schedule of festivities happening during the “Hub for the Holidays” at Union Depot will be confirmed soon.  The Union Depot Holiday Tree will be on display from December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Visit the calendar at for more information on upcoming events.


Getting to Union Depot 

Bike:   Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus:  Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
  Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar
Car Rental:  Hertz