Crews Cutting Down Lights from Holiday LIghts Festival
Omaha, NE - Organizers of the Holiday Lights Festival in Omaha say the process of cutting down approximately one million lights is underway.
Marc Nichols with Downtown Inc. told Action 3's Craig Nigrelli, there are two reasons why a contractor now cuts the lights out of the trees instead of pulling the lights down and re-using them. He says the labor to bring them down was too expensive. In addition, Nichols says about half the lights could not be used again. Nichols noted that leaving up strands of wires in the trees as they bud in the Spring, is harmful to the trees. So the best option is to cut them down and start from scratch each year.
Come July, crews will begin stringing brand new lights into the trees along the Gene Leahy Mall east toward the Missouri River. The Holiday Lights Festival begins with a big lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night.