Lighting Up Broadway and the Christmas Season (Photos)

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Catching the Christmas spirit in mid-November.

Fort Wayne's first official downtown holiday celebration event, called "Christmas on Broadway", was set to go off Friday, with a tree lighting after twilight.

A big tree outside the Shine and Hardin law offices came to life, as crowds watched with cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate in hand.

This is the 8th year for "Christmas on Broadway", something 21 Alive and NBC 33 co-sponsor.

The tree is more impressive than ever.

Last year, there were 14,000 lights on the tree.

This year, that total was doubled, as 28,000 lights now put off a more powerful glow lasting through the holiday season.

They had to add three circuit breakers, to make sure the tree wouldn't blow a fuse.

The event also sported a Polar Express train set for kids, and a live reindeer was paraded around to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

The event is designed to express gratitude to folks living in one of eight neighborhoods surrounding the law offices on Broadway.

The tree lighting traditionally occurs on the Friday before Thanksgiving, which this year comes early on November 22nd.

Hold tight, the holidays are upon us.

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