OTTAWA -- There is still over a month left in summer, but the City of Ottawa has started to plan for Christmas.

The city is looking to purchase an 18-foot artificial "Evergreen Holiday Tree" for Ottawa City Hall in time for the holiday season.

The city wants more than 7,000 pre-lit lights on the tree to decorate City Hall.

According to a posting on the Merx online tendering site, the artificial Christmas tree should be:

  • Approximately 18 feet tall
  • Tree must be artificial, natural lifelike appearance conifer tree (Cone trees will not be accepted)
  • Tree branches must be soft mixed pine foliage (No frosting or flocking)
  • Should have crush resistant needles
  • Tree branches must be flame retardant or self-extinguishing from fire
  • Diameter of branches at base of tree must be approximately 8 feet wide in diameter
  • There must be between 7,000 and 7500 CUL/CSA approved pre-strung LED warm lights

The city wants the 18-foot Christmas tree delivered by November 1.

There is no price listed in the documents, but the tender does say that the city intends to award a contract to the lowest responsive bidder based on the total price.