Danbury's annual tree lighting event this year will be different than in past years. The old oak tree by Library Plaza is no longer the focal point. City Center Danbury Executive Director PJ Prunty says there will be two Christmas trees on either end of Main Street which will be lit, and several strings of lights along the roadway. The trees are at Kennedy Park and at Library Plaza.
Last month, Danbury officials authorized spending $65,000 to purchase new lights to emulate the look of Main Street from the 1950s. The lights have been strung from buildings on one side, across to the other. The lights start at the intersection with White Street and continue to the intersection with Bank Street.
The LED lights will save the City money because they will be on a timer system. They are commercial grade lights with a useful life of 15 years. They've been installed over the course of the past week by Rizzo Electric.
(Photo: Danbury Museum & Historical Society)
Prunty says it's been a collective effort between City Center, Public Works, the Police Department, property owners and others.
There will be a lighted fire truck parade in Danbury this year for Danbury's Light the Lights celebration. The firetruck parade will move down Deer Hill Avenue to West Street, then on Main Street to Rogers Park. Carolers from St. Peter's Church Children's Chorus and St. Joseph's Church Children Chorus will perform. Santa will be at Library Plaza to take photos with children. The event on Saturday December 5th is from 5pm to 7pm.