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Electrical Workers Decorate Tree With Christmas Lights

By Victoria Sanchez, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, victoriasanchez@keyt.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:35:10 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 11:52:25 AM CST

Electrical Workers Decorate Tree With Christmas Lights

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Members of the local electrical workers union decorated the large star pine tree on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala streets Sunday morning.

Two men free climbed the 110-foot tree as others gathered below helping raise the Christmas lights.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has been decorating the tree with lights for around 90 years. It's a tradition that is being passed on through the generations.

"It's something I feel is something I can do to give back to the community, and it's something I enjoy doing and love doing with the family," said Matt Russell.

Russell has climbed the tree for more than 20 years.

The electrical workers union bought $4,000 of new LED decorations and it will look different this year. This is the first time colored lights will decorate the tree.

There are 20 100-foot long strings with 2,000 lights on each.

The lights will be turned on in a couple weeks.

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