Big, Bright Lights - Rochester Hills, Michigan

Always in November - Big, Bright Light Show


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In November and December, for several years now, they have been getting lit in Rochester, the big, bright lights, that is. It all began back in 2006 when some Rochester area residents happened on to a big light show in Florida. They loved it and thought it would be a great idea for their town back in Michigan. Since then, Big, Bright Lights and the companion event, Lagniappe, have marked the start of the holiday season in Rochester Hills.

In the past, Big, Bright Lights has included a number of events that have proven popular, year after year. There is the moment that the lights come on, over 1,000,000 bulbs are used throughout the downtown shopping district. Over 100 shops, dining spots and other businesses stay open late to participate in the fun. The free horse-drawn carriage rides in the early evening are an event that everyone looks forward to. The Meadow Brook Carolers are one of the popular holiday music performances that lend to the holiday spirit. Of course, the big guy in the red suit appears as well for photos with Santa.

Then there is that Lagniappe thing. Those who have spent time in Cajun Country will be familiar with the term. Lagniappe is Creole for “a little something extra”, a treat or a thank you. Lagniappe during the Big, Bright Lights Festival, is expressed through discounts, giveaways and other surprises provided by downtown businesses. It may be a gift certificate, jewelry, or tasty samples. Lagniappe is one more element that makes this event so special.