FAIRFIELD — Bright white lights striped with lines of glowing red bulbs adorned a towering Christmas tree on the site of General Electric’s former headquarters this December, after the property’s new owner picked up an annual G.E. tradition but with a twist of their own.

As the holidays come to a close, Sacred Heart University is looking to continue lighting up the former corporate campus with a community tree lighting each year, according to Director of Communications Deborah Noack.

When it owned the property, G.E. replicated the annual Christmas tree in the nation’s capital — its lighting display G.E. designed for decades — outside its headquarters during the holidays, visible from the Merritt Parkway and for neighbors passing by.

SHU will mount its own design, varying the lights a bit each year but keeping the same general theme, according to Noack. This year’s tree featured more than 30,000 lights in the university’s red and white color scheme.

SHU held its first community tree lighting on the site Dec. 7 after announcing its plans to buy the property for $31.5 million.

Lweiss@hearstmediact.com; @LauraEWeiss16