Main Street Christmas Lights is expecting to bring in thousands of people

The event is free. Starting Friday through January 1st, there will be four shows a night.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The downtown Christmas light switch is being flipped ‘on’ later this week. Organizers of the Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza are saying Macon is becoming a Christmas destination because of the light show.

“Lights have always brought people together. They get together, they go to see the lights, so why not have a lights downtown,” Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza organizer Joan Josey said.

She says the Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza is being put together by her family and some volunteers. Josey refers to the lights as a gift from her family to the community.

“Poplar Street, which is a street years ago when I first came into the inner-city, there were more murders on this street than anywhere else, but to now see a street come alive, come alive with the lights, come alive with the music,” she said.

This is the second year for the light extravaganza.

“This year it goes beyond the first night. Last year we didn’t really have any extra programming, but there is something almost every night,” organizer Bryan Nichols said.

This year the light show is expanding its holiday spirit to over four blocks and it isn’t just Christmas lights.

“As far as I can tell, I haven’t found Christmas lights synced to a live concert anywhere in the world, so its been a bit of a challenge to pull off but I think it’s going to be an amazing night,” Nichols said.

With all the attraction the Christmas lights are expecting to bring  the family is anticipating the holiday cheer to grow more every year.

“I could see [Macon] becoming a holiday destination long-term where people come here and want to spend the holidays in Macon because of the Christmas lights and all the other activities,” he said.

The event is paid for through a downtown challenge grant and sponsorships. The light extravaganza is free. Shows start this Friday, and the lights will run through January 1st.

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