Holiday Lights Festival - Lighting Ceremony

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Thursday, November 26, 5:30 - 7pm.

Gene Leahy Mall, 14th & Farnam


5:30pm - Musical performances

6:00pm - Countdown to lighting by Mayor Jean Stothert

6:30-8:30pm (or later) - Shopping & Dining in the Old Market

7:00pm - FREE Making Spirits Bright Concert at the Holland Center

One of the most anticipated evenings of the season is the night holiday spirits are boosted with the annual Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony held on Thanksgiving evening, November 26, in the Gene Leahy Mall at 14th and Farnam.

Patrons will gather to hear a variety of musical performances beginning at 5:30pm. At 6pm, Mayor Jean Stothert will lead the crowd in a countdown to the 2015 lighting display.

After the ceremony, the public is invited to shop and dine in the Old Market and attend the FREE Making Spirits Bright holiday concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center. More info about the concert:

Following the ceremony, the lighting display will be turned on each evening from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. through January 3, 2016.

Trees throughout the Gene Leahy Mall and neighboring streets will be lit with hundreds of thousands of twinkling white lights. Many downtown businesses and residences will feature lighting and holiday decorations as well.

Gene Leahy Mall


Gene Leahy Mall, also known locally as Central Park or The Mall, is a 9.6-acre park located at 1302 Farnam on the Mall in Downtown...