The History of Bruce the Spruce ⋆ The Lights of Christmas

Bruce the Spruce is a mainstay at The Lights of Christmas, making folks chortle because the very starting of the occasion. For the previous few years, he and his traditional jokes may very well be heard because the host of our radio station, and you would see him dancing round in a vibrant projection mapping show. He’ll proceed to unfold Christmas cheer in these methods for the 25th Anniversary this yr!

Whereas we have a good time the milestone of 25 years in operation, it’s enjoyable to share slightly historical past about this festive occasion. Bruce the Spruce is nearly as a lot of an icon as Santa in these elements, so we thought we’d share in regards to the tree himself!

The founders of The Lights of Christmas gained lots of inspiration for the occasion from the same pageant in Nashville known as Christmas within the Park. Christmas within the Park additionally had a speaking Christmas tree, however it was stuffed and big! When the staff got here again to Washington, they needed to make one thing comparable, however constructed out of pure supplies and extra personable.

The primary iteration of Bruce the Spruce debuted in 1997 on the inaugural day of The Lights of Christmas! He was initially framed with plywood and hen wire with actual tree branches hooked up.

In a while, it was determined Bruce wanted to be an actual tree, however there aren’t a complete lot of spruces round Heat Seaside Camp & Convention Middle! So, yearly the staff would go to a neighborhood tree farm to pick simply the fitting tree to be Bruce for that yr.

“The most important problem through the years,” says Laurie Fertello, the Outside Inventive Designer for The Lights of Christmas, “was his lips! At first, they have been plywood, however we determined they wanted to be poofier. They went via lots of totally different designs and the yr we thought we received it proper we misplaced them! However fortunately we had a photograph to recreate them!”

Laurie says Bruce the Spruce has actually been the spotlight of the occasion for a lot of households.

“We have been all actually stunned on the stage of adoration Bruce received,” stated Laurie, “A variety of that was actually as a consequence of Mike Corridor.”

Mike Corridor was the primary voice of Bruce the Spruce and is answerable for the fast love and fond recollections folks have of Bruce in accordance with Laurie. He was the person behind the tree behind the jokes that made the occasion so memorable for folks.

Today, Bruce the Spruce continues to be a memorable a part of The Lights of Christmas. You possibly can hear his jokes on the occasion’s radio station and see him waving as you drive-thru. Who is aware of, a few of the jokes in his repertoire are nonetheless in all probability from that first yr again in 1997!

See Bruce the Spruce this yr at The Lights of Christmas choose nights November 25-December 31. Order your tickets at  

-Carl Kulper, Communications Specialist
Heat Seaside Camp Ministries

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