LAKE FOREST – If you missed the city’s annual Tree Lighting event on November 24 in Market Square — or if you only saw it from terra firma — this drone video is for you. It highlights the event from up to 100 feet in the air.
The video begins before the celebratory event with the donation of a tree from a Lake Forest resident, an annual tradition, and it culminates with hundreds of community members bringing the tree to life in Market Square.
“The video is more of a documentary about a tree and a community… from harvesting the tree, to setting it in place in Market Square, to adding lights and decorations,” said Mike Borkowski, creator of the video. “The day of the event, residents enjoy visiting Santa under the tree with family, listening to the LFHS choir, watching the LFDA dancers perform, Mayor Lansing’s speech, and ultimately, the lighting of the tree itself. It really is a city-wide effort and the benefit is that everyone can enjoy it.”
This event, presented by The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation and sponsored by Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Goshgarian Orthodontics, Caputo’s, and @properties, has become a traditional gathering of family, friends and visitors to the community. Through funds raised by tax-deductible donations and community member support of Foundation sponsored events including the Fred Jackson Annual Golf Classic, Festival & Fireworks, Oktoberfest, Cocktails with the Claus’, and Dinner with Santa, the Friends have provided substantial funding dedicated to beautify parks, make structural improvements and expand recreational programming.
Submitted by Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation and Lake Forest Parks & Recreation department.