When streetscaping wraps up, Brighton's holiday lights will be bigger than ever

BRIGHTON — Brighton's annual holiday lights display will be bigger, brighter and wider spread to celebrate the revamped streetscape.

Two large Christmas trees will flank the Mill Pond this year. A 50-foot tunnel of lights will be installed over a portion of the "tridge," a pedestrian bridge across the Mill Pond. Led Module

When streetscaping wraps up, Brighton

"We’re really looking to saturate downtown (in holiday lights)," said Denise Murray, the city's economic development coordinator.

The display will kick off at the annual Holiday Glow and Christmas Market on Saturday, Nov. 18. The lights and decorations will stay up through the end of the year.

"Previously, all the lighting was focused on the Mill Pond area," Murray said. "We’re looking to extend to the entire Main Street. Anywhere there are the new light poles, there will be lights. We added garlands, added bows everywhere, just to be far more evenly distributed."

She said there'll be multi-colored lights this year, instead of white and blue.

Businesses and individuals have already chipped in to help the city's Downtown Development Authority make the display possible. An online crowdfunding campaign on had raised more than $10,000 of its $20,000 goal as of Wednesday. Funds will be collected until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.

LOC Credit Union, which recently broke ground on a more than 3,000-square-foot branch at 1025 E. Grand River Ave. in Brighton, is sponsoring the 40-foot tall "feature tree" and tunnel of lights on the tridge.

Brewery Becker is sponsoring the second tree, which Murray said will be about 35 feet tall.

The city has entered the final stage of completely revamping its downtown streetscape, which includes a narrower street, wider sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and more.

Murray said the light display will "put the icing on the cake to our streetscape project and welcome people back downtown."

When streetscaping wraps up, Brighton

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