Downtown light show was amazing


Bryan Nichols is the one man in charge of the Christmas light celebration downtown Macon. 

It is the biggest light display along many street blocks. There are over half a million lights. They have huge plans for the upcoming years. 

One thing they plan to build in the future is an outdoor ice skating rink. Bryan has ideas to put led lights under the ice before he pours the water to freeze, so, like the lights on the trees, the lights will be synced up to the music playing outside. 

In as early as June, they begin testing each strand of lights for the light show. After, they begin putting the lights up in October. A new hotel also will overlook the ice skating rink. This will draw in even more visitors to Macon to see the downtown festivities during the holiday season. 

Sales in the restaurants, along with stores downtown, have raised sales over 25 percent after Thanksgiving because of the crowds drawn to the lights. 

The lights make it a joyous and family friendly place to be. Many people take family photos by the lights, some even bring their dogs. On the weekends, Santa is making an appearance in his sleigh and on December 19 there will be live reindeer and sleigh rides.