Norton city workers got into the Christmas spirit early Tuesday as they assembled the city Christmas tree along Park Avenue at the 6th Street intersection and straightened power cords for the tree's lights. The tree, secured to the pavement with a section of concrete drain tile, has survived high winds and snow with no ill effects in prior holiday seasons, but Public Works Superintendent Steve McElroy laughed when asked about a hazard many people face with trees in their home.

"Nothing's cat-proof," said McElroy.

Norton will hold its official Christmas tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., with a Holiday Market from 5-8 p.m. at the Norton Expo Center at Market and 8th Streets. The city Christmas parade will be Sunday, Dec. 5 starting at 6 p.m. on Park Avenue. For more information, visit Facebook:www.facebook.com/cityofnortonva