A holiday tradition will once again take place in Woodridge.
Woodridge's Holiday Tree Lighting will take place Friday at 6 p.m. in the Seven Bridges development. The choir will sing, Santa will appear and you'll be able to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa.
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 .
The chamber's Seven Bridges committee worked with the Special Events Committee to bring back the event, though in a different location. The tree lighting was brought back by the Chamber's Seven Bridges committee, which 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.
The event will look similar this year, except it will be more spread and take place in Seven Bridges, not the Towne Center. Each business provides a live tree and lights. Organizations were paired with businesses and decorated their trees.
While there will be several trees throughout the development, there will be one larger tree at the north end of Seven Bridges that will be lit and decorated with ornaments from businesses participating in the event. The tree lighting ceremony will take place around this larger tree.
The tree lighting is free.