The annual Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester opened on a clear Monday night with a visit from Santa and his reindeer — and chants of "Light the town!" from thousands of guests.
It's the seventh year for the light show, which features 1.5 million multicolored LED lights covering the downtown buildings. The start of the light show coincides with a tradition called "Lagniappe," which celebrated its 40th year on Monday night.
As downtown merchants gave away their "little something extras" (that's what the word Lagniappe means) Rochester turned out by the masses to shop and admire the new downtown, which underwent a massive transformation this year as part of a construction project called the Main Street Makeover.
On stage, Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson acknowledged the completion of the project and the opening of Main Street — which happened last week.
Here's a video look at the night.
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