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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This year's Light Up Louisville promises to deliver a bigger and better holiday experience than ever before. That's a big change of approach for city organizers, who just a few months ago were considering canceling the holiday tradition.
Light Up Louisville has centered around Jefferson Square for years, but this year the lighting of the Christmas tree will happen at 4th Street Live.
"It just wasn't working for us. A one night Jefferson Square. We were actually determining if we were going to be able to do it this year," Metro Director of Special Events Joseph MacDonald says,"I can remember in July gathering together saying how do we change Light up Louisville? And the recommendation was change the location."
It was back in the summer when Joseph MacDonald realized sponsorships were falling through. The location change came from a springboard of dozens of other ideas. Like going from one night of illumination to 40.
From November 23rd to January 2nd , visitors will be able to catch nightly choreographed multimedia light shows spanning 4 blocks through downtown between 4th Street Live and the Galt House Hotel.
Technicians have been building the light installations for several months, and say they're prepping over 200 moving fixtures and our environmental domes that allows LEDs and moving fixtures to stay outside for an extended period of time.
All the buildings will have washes on them to change colors so there will be patterns and things like that dancing to the music. Visitors can enjoy the light show while practicing the triple axle or graceful glide along the specially made ice rink under the 4th Street covered pavilion. The synthetic surface means you can still skate even if temperatures stay above freezing.
4th Street Live! Marketing Director Brendan Patty says "This year we're expecting a huge benefit. We think the ice skating rink is going to be a huge success with the city and we're hoping to have it back in future years as well."
The Galt House Kaleidoscope exhibit is also back for another year.
The city moved Light Up Louisville because they say it makes better business sense. They hope it will pay off for the many restaurants and businesses on 4th Street. They're hoping for an attendance record of 150 thousand people with the nightly light shows.
MacDonald says "Its absolutely going to be one of the most breathtaking or mouth gaping events in the history of this city for sure."
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