Flip the Switch – Time for the Big Bright Light Show

Get ready folks! It is officially time for Rochester’s Big Bright Light Show starting on November 25, 2020. Millions of lights will be turned on from 5 pm to midnight each night throughout the holiday season in Michigan until January 5. Christmas is my favorite time of year and downtown Rochester helps make it so special that you can’t help feel the holiday spirit walking around the town. It does get a bit crowded in the street and on the sidewalks for the first couple of days, so make sure to bring your patience with you.

Big Bright Light Show

This is a fabulous time to get out and enjoy the small-town life with colorful Christmas lights on every building, beautiful Christmas decorations, and amazing & creative window displays. Over one million colorful lights covering each building on Main Street and some of the side streets as well. Get your family together and come and hang out with your neighbors. Even better meet your friends after work for some holiday shopping or dinner and drinks. The main display of the lights changes every year, but the color on the buildings do not.

Santa Claus Display

One of the stores on Main Street, At Home Furniture, always has a fun holiday display with Santa in some interesting scenarios. It is one of the highlights to see what Santa is up to when the window displays are unveiled. This display is probably one of the funniest on the street.

Home Bakery Display

Each year the window displays get more creative because they are all vying to win the holiday decoration title. But, the one who has one it several years in a row and most deservedly so is the Home Bakery. Their window display is more elaborate every year with more fondant, icing, and time spent on creating it. Many of the items in the display are edible including all of the characters. The Beauty and Beast display included 158 pounds of marshmallow coating and 96 quarts of buttercream and it took over 700 hours of labor.

Window Displays

I love walking and looking into all the shops to see how creative the store has been on their window displays. There is usually something interesting and eye-catching that I can find in almost every window. Here are some of my other favorite window displays from the previous years.

Selfies

My favorite thing to do is to find your favorite color of lights, so you can pose and get your selfie or photograph with them. My aunt Betty, niece Kayla, and I have all got our pictures taken in front of the lights so many times we have lost count. Which color is your favorite? My favorite is the light gold one.

Something Extra

There are so many things to see walking up and down the sidewalks of downtown especially if you are a photographer (amateur or professional). I always can find something that catches my eye or I might just practice my night photography skills. You never know when you might see a lit Christmas tree in the back of a pick-up truck drive down the road.

I love seeing that I’m not the only person out there being silly taking pictures of everything. All the people walking around gives this such a festive atmosphere that you will want to keep going out there. Remember to pack your patience if you are in a car, the person in front of you is enjoying the scenery just like you.

If you are one of the many that come out to view the Big Bright Light Show or wish you were, I would love to hear from you. What are your favorite window displays and holiday traditions? Have you visited a small town during Christmas that has blown you away by their displays? Where is your favorite place to take a Christmas Vacation? While most people spend Christmas with their families, there are others that take trips to new locations and enjoy the festivities. If you one of the later, why not come and visit Rochester during the holidays.

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Further Reading

If you are coming to Rochester for the holidays, check out these posts for further travel inspiration:

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