Salina Christmas Lights Go Dark

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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By day Downtown Salina looks a lot like Christmas but this year the holiday spirit won't shine as bright at night.

Garland, ribbons, and wreaths adorn Salina's downtown but the lights strung along rooftops and wrapped around poles will stay unplugged this year.

The display going dark disappoints those who work downtown.

"I think that it really takes away from the holiday spirit. You know we had everybody downtown for the lighting ceremony now that none of the lights are lit so it really kind of defeated the purpose," said Business Owner Jaime Hammond.

The problem is these lights have sparkled every Christmas for the past 25 years. Because they're so old it was deemed to dangerous to use them again.

A downtown organization was going to buy new ones but the city is in the middle of a lighting system study so they want to wait until that's done to make sure they don't waste money on lights that won't work with the new plan.

Since downtown will stay dark at night they've added to the daytime decorations putting up swags of greenery across the streets and red banners.

And next year the nighttime Christmas spirit will return bigger and better than ever.

"We're looking at all kinds of new technology next year and there's obviously new amazing technology including LED things that allow us to use consistent lighting on rooftops on a permanent basis downtown changing the color with the season," said Salina Downtown Executive Director Phyll Klima.

Anyone who would like to help out with next year's downtown lighting can call the Salina Downtown office at 785-825-0535.

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