Since the first week of October, workers have been seen up and down the Main Street from the South Bridge to University and Forth Street, as well as event areas on Water Street, East University Drive and Walnut Boulevard, installing more than 1 million lights.
The official lighting ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 on Main Street with Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson presiding.
Along with the lights celebration, the city of Rochester came up the unique tradition of Lagniappe (pronounced lonyop) to give back to customers in the form of discounts, giveaways and other special discounts. The name means “a little something extra,” and signals the beginning of the annual Big, Bright Light Show.
Activities will include horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown, strolling carolers, merchant Lagniappe gifts, roasted almonds and a visit from Santa Claus.
Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. on the stage at Fourth and Main with the Heart of the Hills men’s choir. The Meadow Brook Carolers will sing starting at 6:45 p.m. After the light show, Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear on stage from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your camera! This is one event you won’t want to miss!
Carriage rides will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the corner of Third and Walnut streets.