Before the tree was lit guests were invited to listen to the musical talents of an ensemble from the Fox Valley Festival Chorus inside Village Hall and enjoy hot drinks and cookies.
Village President Brian LeClercq spoke to the crowd gathered outside by the soon-to-be lit Christmas tree about the importance of being a good neighbor and friend to those who might be down on their luck, especially during the holiday season.
"All of you that you’re out here having fun. Remember, you may have a family member, friend or neighbor someone down on their luck.
"Over the holidays if you would knock on a door, pick up a phone, shake someone's hand and say hello and ask how they’re doing... It may change their life and you may bring a lot of Christmas cheer to them," said LeClercq.
He was joined to light the tree by the Brakeall family, who recently lost their home in a fire.
"The Brakeall family is Oswego. And Oswego is the Brakeall family. We’re truly honored you’re here with us tonight," said LeClercq, to a round of applause.
Following the tree lighting there was a surprise visit that arrived to the Village Hall by firetruck... Santa!
The tree lighting event went until 6 p.m. and included visiting with Santa and story readings by the Oswego Playhouse.