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.)