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Changes coming for Harbor Lights Festival

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One of the center pieces of Corpus Christi’s Harbor Lights Festival will be missing this year.

Organizers say the 75-foot tree of lights has been taken out of service because it's become a safety hazard.

The lighting of the tree has signaled the start of the holiday season in Corpus Christi for years, but this year, it will be replaced six trees that will be on an elevated stage.

Work is currently underway to transform part of the Bayfront into the site of tomorrow's festival.

The festival begins at 1p.m. Saturday with the children's parade.

The lighting of the trees is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and will be followed by the boat parade in the marina.

Event organizers say the festival will be held at Water’s Edge Park next year, just south of the current location.

Fundraising for a new tree is set to begin in January.

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