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What You Might Not Know About the Big, Bright Light Show

In honor of its 6th year, here are six fun facts about The Big, Bright Light Show

If you've been downtown the past week you couldn't help but notice that installation has begun for The Big, Bright Light Show 2012.

In honor of its sixth year of brightening Rochester in its holiday glow, here are six fun facts about the show:

  1. 1.5 million lights: The lighted buildings on Main extend from the South Bridge to Romeo Street and on Fourth Street from Walnut to Water. There's also a Dazzling Tree of Lights on University. All together that's more than 1.5 million lights.
  2. Extended dates: New for this year, the display will be lit every evening from November 26 to January 6, 2013. In previous year the show came to an end on January 2.
  3. Who picks the colors?: Six years ago when the Big, Bright Light Show was being designed, Rochester Downtown Development Authority executive director Kristi Trevarrow asked building and business owners if they had a color preference. "About 20 percent said, 'I would love this color' and fortunately we could accommodate them all." Since the lights are tailored to each building there's no changing them which answers the age-old question, "Why doesn't Rojo have red lights?" (Six years ago Rojo was Andiamo.)
  4. Where's the pink?: Trevarrow admitted there is one color available that the DDA passed on for the Big, Bright Light Show—pink. 
  5. What happening to purple?: As the years go by, you might notice less and less purple in the show. "The color is being phased out as the company is no longer making purple lights," Trevarrow said. 
  6. What's your favorite color?: Of course everyone has a personal favorite in the Big, Bright Light Show but what is Trevarrow's, the mastermind behind spectacle? "I'm going to say it's Candlelight, which is the white used on Rojo for example. It's funny because when we were designing the show I thought it would be plain, but it turned out to be the brightest so it's my favorite."

The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on November 26 during Lagniappe at 7:00 p.m. The display will be lit every evening from November 26- January 6, 2013 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Terry October 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Purple is my favorite so I"ll miss it!
mmh October 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I would like to know how much it cost every year not just for the lights but for the electric???
Sherry October 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It is probably the one time a year that I am so happy to see traffic on Main Street!!
Carol Fletcher October 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I recommend that the show begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving -- we have family in town who would love to see it!
Linda October 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I agree Carol! It would be fun to drive through town after dinner on Thanksgiving with our out-of-town family to look at the lights!
Peter Griffin October 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Purple LEDs look great! Hope they find a way to keep it. It's a nice contrast to the typical Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Yellow and White. Hopefully they do more of the "cool white" and less of the "warm white".
David Oliver October 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
My childhood memories were having Thanksgiving dinner with family and then if I was good, my sisters and I would get in the car and they would drive downtown (Detroit) to see all the Christmas lights and to see JL Hudson's and the windows! It was always a fun tradition of Thanksgiving night. I wish Rochester would illuminate starting on Thanksgiving evening too! Maybe it's time to move "Lagniappe" night again." It used to be in December years ago. Thankfully it's not anymore.
judiwade October 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
OH YES ! I so agree with Carol.....Lights should be lit on Thanksgiving, rather it be Wednesday night before, of day of....Friday after at the VERY latest. Firday after Turkey Day, kicks off the holiday season......Yes Yes Yes !!!! to letting the lights shine !!!!!!!
LBennJones October 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I'd vote for having the light turned on the Wednesday BEFORE Thanksgiving for some of the same reasons others have mentioned. Also.... purple lights were my favorite since they added a little flash of an accent color not often seen during the holidays. Guess we will be seeing less and less of them if they aren't making them anymore. Too bad.
judiwade November 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM
THANK YOU Kristi !!!!!! Thanks again, for the test on Friday night. It was "wonderful" to be able to take my 3 year old grandson to see them. He wowed and ahhhhheeeeddd up and down the street. Had to take him by 4 times !!!!! WTG !!!!!
Ron Harman November 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM
mmh 11:59 am on Monday, October 15, 2012 I would like to know how much it cost every year not just for the lights but for the electric??? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Plus ... who pays for the entire expense? Merchants, Landlords, Taxpayers? thanks.

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