Temple Square Celebrates 40th Year of Holiday Lights

Temple Square Celebrates 40th Year of Holiday Lights

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Temple Square is celebrating its 40th year of being decorated with thousands of holiday lights.

Forty years ago, Deseret News publisher E. Earl Hawkes proposed the idea to decorate Temple Square with thousands of lights and a nativity scene. Soon after, the Christmas lights up lit Temple Square, debuting on December 1965.

The number of lights on display went from 40-thousand on a few corner trees in 1965 to 700-thousand lights placed all over Temple Square in 2005.

The Temple Square lights are ranked as one of the nation's top one-hundred holiday events by the American Bus Association.

Anyone wishing to see the lights can go to Temple Square until the end of the year. They'll be on from dusk to ten p-m.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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