Last year's state Christmas tree from Stephenson.

STEPHENSON — The official 2017 state Christmas tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula. A spruce tree from Stephenson was chosen by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The tree is just over 60 feet tall and is being donated by William Winter and his grandson, Alex Stevens. This is the 23rd time the official tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula.

The tree will be harvested on Thursday, October 26th and is expected to arrive in Lansing two days later on the 28th with the assistance from the Michigan Association of Timbermen, the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and Michigan Operators Engineers. The timbermen will cut the tree and transport it to Lansing at no cost to the state.

A lighting of the tree will take place on Friday, November 17th as part of the Silver Bells in the City celebration.