International Festival of Lights, Battle Creek. Photo: Jim Culver
International Festival of Lights
Attended by over 200,000 people, this six-week-long
winter holiday event features more than one million sparkling
lights illuminating greater Battle Creek. The Grand Lighting
Ceremony and Holiday Parade initiate the festival each year on the
Saturday before Thanksgiving. Numerous outdoor lighting displays
with holiday themes from countries around the world are on view in
the downtown area and at Binder Park Zoo. A downtown trolley tour
takes visitors to these attractions. Nightly entertainment,
including a laser light show, adds to the festivities. Held since
1991, the festival draws more than 200,000 people annually. It is
documented in text, snapshots, a videotape, promotional materials,
and an extensive collection of news clippings.
Originally submitted by: Nick Smith, Representative (7th District).
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