Appleton flips the switch on holiday lights

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – The first signs of the holiday season are showing up tonight in downtown Appleton.

That’s where the new “Light up night, window walk,” took place.

With a countdown, leading up to the flip of a switch, downtown Appleton lit up near Houdini Plaza for a lighting event that kicked off the holiday season.

“I think it’s great. We have a nice space for it, and it’s a great night for everybody to come out, enjoy the weather before it gets too cold,” said Crystal Hill of Appleton.

Hill brought her family out to sample the food vendors, hear the music, and participate in activities inside the Trout Museum.

Anne Wiegman of Appleton Downtown, INC said, “This was really done in collaboration with the Trout Museum. In the Fox Cities Building for the Arts it kicks off their festival of trees, which starts tonight, so that will be going on free inside the Trout Museum, and people can go in there and take a look at all the different trees that are all up for silent auction to benefit the area non-profits.”

With this being a new event, organizers weren’t sure exactly how big of a crowd to expect, but with mild weather tonight, so far it appears to be a success.

After the lighting– which included Angels above College Avenue and unique displays tied to buildings— businesses along the main strip decorated their windows as part of a contest.

Some of designs attracted lots of attention.

“It’s a great place to bring kids, and wander around. There’s live music. Kyle Megna and the Monsoons is playing right behind us here. In addition to that, I mean there are people handing out glow sticks. There’s just all kinds of cool stuff to see here tonight,” said Brian Gottlieb of Tundraland– a sponsor of the event.