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Canopy Of Lights To Feature More Than 8,000 Bulbs

Bloomington's annual Canopy of Lights includes thousands of lights strung from the courthouse. Pictured here in 2016.

The 32nd annual Canopy of Lights will feature more than 8,000 lights surrounding Bloomington's courthouse square. City officials will officially kick off the holiday season with a lighting ceremony on Friday.

White lights are strung from the courthouse to buildings surrounding the square and on several trees lining the streets. At one time, as many as 200,000 lights lit up downtown Bloomington. That number decreased to about 150,000 in 2014 because several trees had been removed, and there were fewer again last year because the newly-planted trees couldn't support the weight of the lights.

"This year's display, like last year, there's not going to be quite as many as in years past because they've been replacing the trees on the square and they've cut down a number of larger tress to replace them with young ones," says Jim Murphy, President of CFC Properties. "So we're not wrapping those trees with lights."

The lighting ceremony includes live music from the Bloomington Brass Band and the Bloomington Chamber Singers, hot chocolate and characters from Cardinal State Company's 'Peter Pan.'

The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with the lighting set for 7 p.m. Parking at all city meters and garages will be free all day.

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