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Bloomington Canopy Of Lights Will Have Far Fewer Lights Than Usual

CFC Properties won't put lights on the trees around the Courthouse square this year.

Bloomington’s 31st annual Canopy of Lights kicks off Friday, but visitors will notice significantly fewer lights than usual.

At one time, as many as 200,000 lights lit up downtown Bloomington. That number decreased to about 150,000 last year because several trees had been removed.

This year, CFC Properties President Jim Murphy says crews can’t put lights on any trees along the square, because all have been or are in the process of being replaced.

“We are not going to be wrapping those trees because we don’t want damage the tree," Murphy says. "We want to wait until the trees are mature enough and strong enough to handle the wrapping of the lights. Therefore the trees along the square will not be lit this year or for the next probably few years.”

Murphy says CFC added more music and other activities to make up for the diminished light show.

“It’s still going to be a very fun, exciting, festive event," he says. "But we’re not going to have all the sparking lights we’ve had in the past several years.”

The Canopy of Lights celebration is Friday night at 6 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn.

Parking is free at all the city meters and garages starting on Thanksgiving Day and continuing through the weekend.

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