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Corpus Christi celebrates 36th Harbor Lights Festival

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Corpus Christi celebrates the 36th annual Harbor Lights Festival in downtown. However, this year, the site looked a little different. Shoreline Boulevard was always home to a 75-foot tree, but now five smaller trees have taken its place.

Workers say there is a safety concern with the 75-foot tree. The new, smaller trees range from 14 feet to 20 feet.

Tammy Hernandez has considered the Harbor Lights Festival a holiday tradition for her family for nearly a decade. To see five smaller trees, came as a surprise.

"Well the big one was more of a tradition and the reason why everybody would come out," Hernandez said. "So yea, it's kind of a little bit of a bummer."

Brittany McGee ?and her family also come to celebrate the lighting of the trees every year. They have been to the festival for the last six years.

"I take a picture with my kids on it every year. This year I'm not going to be able to do it," McGee said. "But my son seems to like it, so I think he'll be alright -- little Christmas trees for little kids."

But for others, the size of the tree doesn't matter. For them, what's more important is the lighting of the tree is still the start of the Christmas holiday.

McGee's son, Elijah, said, "it's still a Christmas tree, they all light up, they don't have to be that big."

Some festival go-era are hoping the 75-foot tree returns next year. Workers say they will be begin fundraising in January to bring back the old tree.

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