'Light Up Night' brings holiday spirit to Appleton

Appleton Light Up Night on November 10, 2017 (WLUK/Mike Moon)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the weather gets colder, it's nice to find the joy of the holiday season.

And in Appleton Friday night, 'Light Up Night' brought that joy to people early this year.

As the tree was lit in Houdini Plaza Friday night, the feeling of Christmas was in the air.

'Light Up Night' got the holiday season off to a very merry start.

"Really good family fun and people just living to live and having a good time!" exclaimed Chad Anderson.

There were activities for all ages from music, to a laser light show, to carriage rides.

Downtown business owners were also challenged to decorate their storefront windows around the theme of Christmas songs. Some chose traditional ones like 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas...'

"We Did 'Let it Snow.' So lots of snowflakes and fun white to accent how it's dark outside," described Stacy Nehring, a sales associate at Hey Daisy, a shop on College Avenue.

And some went a more non-traditional route...

"We're kind of an eclectic shop so we went with 'Nightmare Before Christmas,'" explained Jillian Campbell, the co-owner of Shear Chaos, a salon and barber shop on College Avenue.

No matter the theme, the windows gave downtown visitors one more sight to dazzle and delight.

"Phenomenal! Yeah, yeah, it's just, we have so much talent here in the Fox Valley!" Anderson told FOX 11 News.

The Trout Museum of Art has organized 'Light Up Night' the past two years and Appleton Downtown Incorporated got businesses on board with the windows.

Business employees and owners told us this is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday shopping season.

"It's really important. It's nice to see everyone out and about, shopping local. Makes it a fun event to see all the Christmas stuff," said Nehring.

"With these fun events going on it really drives people's interest and it really shows them there's a lot of stuff going on all year around downtown," added Campbell.

The businesses told us the love being in downtown Appleton, especially this time of year.

"It's just a nice, happy home and we like to invite people to come and visit," said Campbell.

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