The 87th annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony is almost here, and while it’s always a highlight of the holidays, we feel there’s room for improvement. Here are some ways to make sure this event is lit:
1. “21st century” this thing
It’s 2016, y’all, and it’s time to act like it. Spice things up with animated lights that are choreographed to a kick butt rock song, or create a light show that dazzles the retinas and leaves them begging for more.
2. Amp up the windows
Macy’s isn’t the only store that can be festive. The Plaza’s got some of the greatest shops around. Go overboard with the window displays, and you’ll turn even the grumpiest of Scrooges into Buddy the Elf.
3. Light some trees
Christmas isn’t Christmas without some well-decorated trees, so why does the Plaza only put lights on the buildings? Light things up on the walkways by bringing those sullen trees back to life.
4. We want more music, and we want it now
This year, the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony in NYC is welcoming Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly and Sarah McLaclan. Plus, they have the freaking Rockettes.
We get a pre-show performance and the Elders.
5. Get on with it
How long does it take to flip a switch? Like, 0.5 seconds? We’re tired. We’re cold. We’re (honestly) a little bored. Turn on the lights first and then bring out the entertainment.
6. Sleigh the night
The best part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is seeing Santa close out the festivities with good ole’ Mrs. C. So why not ask the big guy to make a pit stop on his way home from New York? We’ll light up his life with enough barbecue to feed his ‘deer and his dear.