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Tree from Georgia International Horse Park serves at Christmas tree at Governor's Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta will celebrate the holidays with a touch of Conyers this Christmas season. A 40-foot red cedar was cut down at the Georgia International Horse Park Monday to be used on the front lawn of the mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. (Special Photo)

The Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta will celebrate the holidays with a touch of Conyers this Christmas season. A 40-foot red cedar was cut down at the Georgia International Horse Park Monday to be used on the front lawn of the mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — A 40-foot red cedar tree from the Georgia International Horse Park will be the center attraction on the front lawn of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion this holiday season.

The majestic tree was selected by representatives of the Georgia Building Authority. It was cut down Monday morning and transported to the mansion located at 391 West Paces Ferry Road, where it will be decorated with between 40,000 and 50,000 lights for the “Christmas at the Mansion” lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8.

After the holiday season, the tree will be taken down the week after Christmas and recycled by The Home Depot. The Georgia Building Authority will grind the stump of the cedar and plant three trees in its place.

“We are thrilled that a tree from the Georgia International Horse Park was chosen for the governor’s Christmas tree,” said Jennifer Bexley, director of the Georgia International Horse Park. “Of all the trees in northeast Georgia that could have been selected, it’s an honor that this tree came from Conyers and our world-class facility.”

In 2010, Newton County resident JoAnn Sims’ cedar tree was selected as the Christmas tree for the Governor’s Mansion.

Christmas tours will be held at the Governor’s Mansion from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 9 to 20. Tours will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The Governor’s Mansion is also a Toys for Tots drop-off site.