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Elk Grove Village welcomes the holiday season

Fireworks capped off Elk Grove Villageís tree-lighting ceremony on Friday night.

Fireworks capped off Elk Grove Village's tree-lighting ceremony on Friday night.

 

Courtesy of Emil Schiavo

Former Elk Grove Township Supervisor Nanci Vanderwheel stands ready to flip the switch at Mayor Craig Johnsonís direction Friday night during Elk Grove Villageís tree-lighting ceremony.

Former Elk Grove Township Supervisor Nanci Vanderwheel stands ready to flip the switch at Mayor Craig Johnson's direction Friday night during Elk Grove Village's tree-lighting ceremony.

 

Courtesy of Emil Schiavo

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By Daily Herald report

Elk Grove Village's annual tree-lighting ceremony welcomed in the winter holiday season Friday night, as Mayor Craig Johnson and former Elk Grove Township Supervisor Nanci Vanderweel threw the switch to activate more than 250,000 lights around the Village Green, Municipal Complex, Elk Grove Public Library and Elk Grove Park District Pavilion and on the tree.

After the lighting, residents visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus and watched a fireworks show while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies.

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This year's tree, a 39-year-old, 40-foot-tall Colorado spruce, was donated to the village by the Best family.

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