Business, chamber and village officials, the choir and Santa could all be found at Friday's Woodridge tree lighting ceremony.
The tree lighting had been a village tradition until a few years ago, when it was cut because of budget restraints, according to President Amy Melinder.
It formerly took place in the Towne Center, put on by the Woodridge Special Events Committee with the support of the . This year's event took place in the Seven Bridges shopping center.
The chamber's Seven Bridges committee worked with the Woodridge Special Events Committee to bring back the event, though in a different location. The Chamber's Seven Bridges committee works in the interests of Seven Bridges businesses, Melinder said. This group also organizes event.
In the past, community organizations would sign up for a tree and then decorate it, usually with a theme. The Special Events Committee would provide the trees; the Woodridge Public Works department would provide the lights.
This year businesses provided the trees. Organizations paired with businesses decorated them.
While there are several trees throughout the development, Friday's ceremony was held around one larger tree at the north end of Seven Bridges, near
Ornaments representing Seven Bridges businesses decorated the tree, including buffalos from and pizza boxes from .