Downtown D’Lights about to get a whole lot brighter

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If Downtown D’Lights is part of your holiday traditions, organizers say it’s only getting bigger and better.

This year the Perry Square Alliance is joining the Downtown D’Lights team.  Board members say it’s only fitting and it’s just the beginning.   Downtown D’Lights has become a tradition for many families year after year.  A night where Perry Square lights up, you can visit with the Claus’ and enjoy carriage rides.

Thanks to a new sponsor, this year there will be even more to see and do.  The Erie Downtown Partnership has announced a new sponsor, the Perry Square Alliance. The alliance is donating $10,800 to the partnership’s care fund.  That money will help pay for new decorations, additional lighting, and a 97-foot poinsettia banner across State Street.  

John Buchna, CEO of Erie Downtown Partnership, tells us,  “with the introduction of the Perry Square Alliance, we can now light both east and west Perry Square and into our neighborhoods so it gives us a chance to showcase the park”.

Buchna says the park renovations make it easy to decorate, “…it really is making the downtown come alive through lighting or decorations”.

The partnership will not only help for the holidays but to plan more events all through the year.  Jeff Lawson, Director of the Perry Square Alliance, tells us, “we have a beautiful Perry Square now, it’s been completely renovated, it has a great stage, it needs to be used it needs to benefit the community”.

As the Events Care Captin, Jeff Lawson says they will be looking at how other cities are planning events and making preparations in Erie.  “Some of those events are family-friendly… and some are very simple”.

Downtown D’Lights is happening Friday, December 1st from 5pm to 8pm.  This will be the final year Mayor Joe Sinnott will flip the switch.  You can expect the same great entertainment, free hot cocoa and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and there’s more planned for 2018.  Erie Downtown has a goal to raise enough money to buy a large Christmas tree for the park; that’s estimated to cost about $30,000.

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