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