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No More Live Tree: Naperville Set to Change Its Christmas Decor

Real or fake?

A big change is in store for a holiday tradition in west suburban Naperville.

The city’s downtown Christmas tree will be artificial this year, instead of a live evergreen, city officials told the Chicago Tribune.

“Each year the cutting and placing of a donated tree at the Dandelion Fountain required a great deal of coordination between city of Naperville electric department, Naperville Park District police, and trades and park maintenance staff for use of the necessary vehicles and equipment,” Parks Operations Manager Chuck Papanos told the publication.

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The move is aimed at saving the city money. Even putting up donated trees in past years have meant spending more than $2,000 a year, officials said.

The artificial tree is expected to be installed the week before Thanksgiving.

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