Main Street Columbia, Inc.

Main Street Columbia, Inc.

Columbia, MS

http://mainstreetcolumbia.org

In mid-2018, local business, community, and City leaders partnered with Main Street Columbia Inc, to design, build, and implement a first-ever wonderland Christmas experience for Columbia, Mississippi. Tens of thousands of Christmas lights were installed decorating the 100-year-old courthouse and the buildings Main Street. Various attractions, such as a Christmas trolley, Clydesdale carriage rides, a children's train, a 30-foot Christmas tree, and a speaker system to play Christmas music throughout downtown created magic. Planning a surprise kick-off, following our annual Christmas parade on December 1, we advertised we would turn on the Christmas tree and lights throughout downtown. What we actually presented was like nothing anyone imagined! More than 10,000 people gathered, in a town of 6,500, that night and were awed by a 3-minute light show set to music, achieved by connecting the lights and sound through computers. Designed to unveil the lights in sequence, from the buildings, to the tree, and finally the historic courthouse the show brought shouts and cheers as spectators witnessed their hometown being transformed. Moments after revealing the Courthouse lights, a fireworks show above its cupola sent the crowd to wild heights, jumping and crying tears of joy as they experienced the re-awakening of hope for the renaissance of their hometown! The $25,000 would renovate the Main Street Columbia building. The historic tiny building, which sits in the median of the main intersection in downtown Columbia, was originally built as a police station. It is not currently used to its fullest potential, but represents the heart of the City, where this vision of hope was born.  We would create here a visitors' center with a directory of downtown businesses, event information, and videos telling the stories of our town, and why we make it home!