Barbara Charter provided entertainment, singing Christmas songs to the crowd before the lighting.
The tree itself, a Northern Spruce, is a permanent installation on the square. It came from a nursery in Blue Ridge, according to Fairmount Mayor Harry Pierce, but was actually dug near Knoxville, Tenn.
The citizens raised $8,000 for Christmas decorations this year, said city council member Linda Johnson, including decorative lights for the streetlamps and the tree's lights and ornaments. The city council, she said, kicked in an extra $6,000.
Residents hope to make the tree lighting an annual event, she said.
See the Wednesday, Nov. 25, edition of the Calhoun Times for more photos of the event.