Evanstonians gathered at Fountain Square Saturday evening under relatively balmy skies for the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony.

This year the tree lighting ceremony was moved to Saturday to coincide with the Small Business Saturday shopping promotion. And the tree sported a big illuminated letter “E” on top.

But traditional elements of the event were preserved — from having Santa and the Mayor on hand to light the tree — to having children sing carols to celebrate the season.

(Photos by Genie Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. humbug

    Who in the world did the lighting on this tree?

    You would think with what are taxes are a better job should've been done 

    1. Hold Up There

      Remember, this is only the mayor's holiday tree. She is saving money for her special friends at the library. She wants us to give her special friends at the arts center 5 extra months at the mansion for 5 bucks, wave all their fees for updating their new building for about $ 50,000, and then pay for their move from the mansion for about $ 15,000. (might use city workers and trucks to save money.) It could cost us more the they were a good tenant at the mansion.

      Don't worry, when she resigns or gets booted out of office we'll have more money for the holiday tree. We will go back to the traditional reason for the season. We will get a Christmas tree with a bright star or angel on top and a much better light display.

      1. Tree

        That "E" on the top is about the tackiest thing I've ever seen. I'll have to check now, to see if Wilmette has a "W" on top of theirs…and Skokie, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Niles, etc……OMG…how will Morton Grove have room for TWO initials???? LOL

        1. I’m sure this is the mayor’s

          I'm sure this is the mayor's idea. Who else in city government would be so juvenile.

    2. Moreover
      On Dec. 18th will the “Holiday Candelabra” (aka: Menorah) be affixed/defaced with a giant “E” as well? I somehow doubt it.

      1. Menorah

        Here's the solution:

        The eight candles will each have a letter assigned….8 letters in "Evanston"… the candles will spell out Evanston.

        The middle candle…the Shamash….will have the Lighthouse logo on it……that should cover everything!!!!   Happy Holidays…..

  2. Love the E!

    Love the letter E on the holiday tree! E for Evanston and E for Everybody! The photo of the tree is being shared all over social media, its a smart way to brand Evanston. I just thing the Santas could be a bit chubbier and older! Mrs. Claus is way too young and pretty!

  3. Evanston’s Christmas Tree
    Why do we only use lights on the community tree? The poor thing looks pitiful in daylight hours and adding large decorations or even pretty red bows would go a long way toward making our tree respectable. I am sure our community has the ability to decorate our tree better than some small towns do, so why do so many small town trees look so much better?

    1. Answer to your question

      Many small town's trees look so much better becuase these towns do not impose the self restriction of political correctness with everything to do with Christmas… let alone everything period.

      See, to put bows and decorations on our tree would not be fair.  It would resemble Christmas too much and therefore would do great harm to others.

      I dont't even think you can say "Merry Christmas" anymore to anyone in Evanston.

      The war on Christmas…

      Yes our tree is ugly, and the E is ridiculous.  But this is Evanston, and years of political correctness yield this kind of result.

      Merry Christm… oops, Happy Holidays?!


      1. War on Saturnalia

        I am tired of the way that the Winter Solstice and Saturnalia have been hijacked by the "Christmas Industry", the religious-merchandizing complex of department stores, churches, and toy makers.

        If Mayor Tisdahl understood the true Spirit of Saturnalia, she would have let the Tilted Kilt open in Downtown Evanston.

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