Local holiday light display ready to brighten up the season

Local holiday light display ready to brighten up the season

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The pandemic has people looking for the bright side. One of the state’s largest light displays is still a go this year, but with new protocols.

La Salette crews have been working on this light display since September. The full show begins on Thanksgiving.

With a pandemic looming now for months, holiday lights may play a bigger role. Whether you come to a place like this or brighten up your own home.

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It is full-blown holiday mode at Seasonal Speciality Store in Foxborough.

“We’re just looking for positivity and for people to enjoy themselves. Take some of the stress off of things. We all need it? Yes we absolutely do,” said manager Mike Small.

The store is seeing more people deck their homes with boxes of lights.

“Traditional lights in multi-color, traditional lights in clear,” said Small.

Of course, safety officials are warning people to use extra caution like never going up a ladder without someone holding it from the bottom. Use outdoor-rated lights and plugs.

At La Salette, they have more than 450,000 lights on display. The pandemic is not stopping their 68-year tradition.

“You need to come wearing a mask and keeping social distancing,” said Father Flávio Gillio, with National Shrine of Our Lady La Salette.

The display will be open seven nights a week so it will be less crowded on the non-weekend nights.

The theme this year is hope.

“It doesn’t matter how dark is the darkness. There is a bright light shining ahead of us,” said Father Flávio.

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