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Lights and ice rink tested before Light Up Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---There's a lot of work being done at Fourth Street Live to get it ready for Light Up Louisville and a new nightly light show called "40 Nights of Lights".

Crews are working fast to make sure the thousands of lights along Fourth Street and on the community Christmas tree are working by Friday evening. That's when the lights will be turned on. They will  be set to a variety of Christmas music. 

We've got thousands of lights deployed along Fourth Street, from the Galt House to Fourth Street Live. Almost $3 million dollars worth of lighting and musical equipment," says Joseph MacDonald, the Metro Director of Special Events.

Wednesday evening they flipped the switch to test out the lights on the community Christmas tree.

An ice rink, made of synthetic ice, already seems to be a hit with people visiting downtown as they watched members of the U of L hockey team and families test it out.

"It's a little bit different. It takes a lot more effort to get going. It's a little more friction on the ice (or on the surface I should say," says Kyle Burdorf, with U of L's hockey team.

Officials are hoping with the ice rink, the tree and the music going on for the next 6 weeks  will be a success for nearby businesses.

"Our belief is what it will do is keep people in jobs. This has been a down period previously- the holiday season. So, given this attraction, we're hoping we're gonna keep people at work and possibly generate new jobs," says Joseph MacDonald.

This is the 32nd year for Light up Louisville, but the first year it is being held at Fourth Street Live.

The tree will be lit at 9:00 p.m. on Friday. The ice rink will open earlier that day around noon. This will all stay up at Fourth Street Live for 40 days.

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