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Bloomington's Canopy Of Lights To Return To Courthouse Square

The canopy of holiday lights above the bloomington courthouse square in winter.

(Tyler Lake, WFIU/WTIU News)

Bloomington’s Canopy of Lights will return to the courthouse square Friday, continuing a tradition that dates back 34 years.

There will be a lighting ceremony featuring thousands of bulbs surrounding downtown Bloomington.

Downtown Bloomington Executive Director Talisha Coppock believes the event has brought the community together under the sparkling lights since the beginning.

“The reason it’s important is because it’s the center of your community," she says. "It's where different thoughts and ideas and people and backgrounds, cultures come together. Each community needs a place that they feel is theirs."

This year, Monroe County Commissioners decided to switch to LED bulbs in an effort to use less energy. Coppock says the trees around the courthouse will not be lit this year but the new bulbs above the street are sure to dazzle.

The event will feature multiple different caroling groups, an appearance by Santa Claus and a sing-a-long.

The celebrations start at 5 p.m. with the Monroe County History Center Open House, with the lighting ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.

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