The Canopy of Lights celebration is set to kick off the day after thanksgiving and Santa will be there on the Monroe County Courthouse Lawn to flip the switch. Crews are still hard at work in downtown Bloomington hanging lights on buildings and trees and stringing up the last of the lines that make up the famous canopy.
Naima Gardener grew up in Bloomington and remembers the festival from when she was a child.
“I remember coming out the day after thanksgiving every year and being freezing, and drinking hot chocolate and watching the lights turn on,” she says.
Naima says she has not been here for Thanksgiving in over seven years and cannot wait to see the lights.
Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington Inc, Talisha Coppock, says the Canopy of Lights is a joint effort.
“We provide over two-hundred thousand lights in coordination with Monroe County, CFC incorporated, and the City of Bloomington, to light downtown,” she says.
Coppock says there are nearly 28 miles of lights and crews have been working since August. Festivities include a performance by the Bloomington Brass Band, carolers, hot chocolate, and costumed holiday characters to greet the children.