The lighting of the giant Sequoia near Edens Hall is an annual tradition at Western Washington University that goes back as long as most folks can remember. Some remember it at least as far back as 1967.
The laborious annual process results in 14,000 LED lights along the tree, which is visible from downtown Bellingham. The tree's height was last estimated in 2009 at 131 feet.
The lights were turned on at midnight Thanksgiving night and will remain up through the end of the year.