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NLR pulls plug on Burns Park light display

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It has always been a bright holiday tradition, but now North Little Rock is pulling the plug on its holiday lights at Burns Park.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around North Little Rock, but Mayor Joe Smith said no to the decorations at Burns Park.

"It was at a point and time, it was an average at best light show, and I didn't like average," said Mayor Smith.

Mayor Smith decided after a decade of putting up the lights, to do away with the Hometown Holiday Lights in Burns Park.

The 56 displays spanned for a mile long down Funland Drive.

Mayor Smith said with holiday lights going LED, their displays were outdated.

"In order for us to put it on the map, if you will, it was going to take a lot of money, so we decided to put our money and our energy into our Christmas parade and then the Northern Lights Festival right after the Christmas parade."

Mayor Smith said that the city hopes this will leave the door open for a new tradition in downtown North Little Rock.

"It was just time to make a change, and I really thought we could do the festival a lot cheaper and probably get more bang for our buck."

Mayor Smith said that the city does have a plan for the displays that are being phased out.

"We might be able to salvage a few of them that would be special downtown in this festival, but most of them are pretty antiquated. I would think that we'll end up putting them out for auction."

North Little Rock's Christmas parade and the Northern Lights Festival will take place on Sunday, December 6.