For 32 years, businesses and residents have draped Bloomington’s town square with thousands of shimmering lights to celebrate the holidays, extending from the buildings surrounding the square to the town’s courthouse, in an event known as the Canopy of Lights.    

The inspiration dates back to snapshots from the 1930s, and the town council used these as a template for today’s lighting. As three decades have passed, the number of lights has decreased but has nothing to do with a loss of interest.  The trees surrounding the square, which acted as drapery and anchor for the long strands, have died or been removed. 

But the activities haven’t changed and the music from a variety of live bands still fills open air around the square. And Santa himself still throws the switch!