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A Celebration Christmas- Lights Up Shelbyville



 

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The lights are on, marking the renewal of a growing tradition in Shelbyville.  “A Celebration Christmas” has begun and will run through the end of the year.

            “The holiday light show is our gift to the community for what they do for us all year,” said Celebration CEO Ron Thomas.  “They work so hard to help us make The Celebration such a terrific event, it seems right for us to add to their holiday season.”

            Members of the Celebration’s grounds staff began work putting up the set pieces and strings of lights just after Halloween and work continues right up until the final day to make sure every bulb was lit.

            “It’s a big job, but our guys really look forward to making it look great,” remarked Celebration Grounds Superintendent Wade Adams.  “They take a lot of pride in putting together something that the community enjoys so much.”

            The display has grown over the years.  The 2006 edition of “A Celebration Christmas” features 83 different set pieces and 112,700 lights.

            “We’ve been doing this for twelve years,” reported Thomas.  “We get a lot of comments from people all over middle Tennessee that enjoy the display every year.

            The displays can be seen nightly along Celebration Drive from Madison Street (US 41) all the way up to Calsonic Arena.

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