Electrical Workers Decorate Tree With Christmas Lights

IBEW members free climbed the 110-foot tall tree to string up lights

Victoria Sanchez, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter, victoriasanchez@keyt.com
POSTED: 07:17 PM PST Nov 24, 2013    UPDATED: 09:52 AM PST Nov 25, 2013 
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.

Slideshow: Electrical Workers Decorate Tree With Christmas Lights

POSTED: 04:50 PM PST Nov 24, 2013    UPDATED: 09:51 AM PST Nov 25, 2013 
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