• Ryleigh Murphy

Spring Lake Sparkle: A New Holiday Tradition

The Spring Lake Village Sparkle has been a thoroughly enjoyed lightshow to liven up some much needed holiday cheer. It debuted at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, on Savidge Street and will stay lit each night. It consists of 120,000 beautiful lights running down the streets and on buildings of downtown Spring Lake Village. The Sparkle is a great way to get outside and spend time with friends and family during this crazy pandemic. Simply driving through you are able to capture the beauty of the lights.

This was Spring Lake Village’s first year presenting the Sparkle. “Sparkle was the brainchild of Robert Lopez,'' states Christine Burns, the Spring Lake Village manager. Lopez’s Lilley Cares ran the beautiful lights we got to admire every night. Burns also states, “Our DDA Director, Angela Stanford-Butler, has been the Village liaison and support person for all things Sparkly.” Stanford-Butler says, “We plan to make it even bigger next year.”

MLive says, “Organizers originally had planned a series of activities, such as food vendors, visits with Santa and musical performances, to occur each weekend leading up to Christmas. However, the spreading COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of those activities. Robert Lopez says they plan to stay around for at least 5 years into the future.”

If you haven’t yet, the lights are still up, so go walk or drive through the lights! It’s a great way to get some air and a fun, contact-reduced way to sightsee during this unprecedented time.

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