A Christmas light installation on the north side of the Mississippi River in the state capital, Jackson, was the most-watched in the U.S. for a decade.
The installation, the largest light installation in the United States, also included a tree-trimmed display, a video projection and a light show with Santa Claus.
A video on Facebook captured the scene.
In 2018, the state of Mississippi added a light to the skyline and the city of Jackson announced it was turning its streetlights on at 5 p.m. for one night.
And in 2020, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the city’s lights must be on for the holidays.
The city’s Mayor Jim Jackson said the city was not opposed to the light but was looking at options to put the lights on earlier.
He added that the lights will be visible for the entire city of 2 million people.
He said the light installation will not affect traffic or the way people interact with the streetlights, nor will the city be using them for the duration of the holiday.
“This will be an experience for people of all ages, from young to old,” Jackson said.
The lighting installation, part of the city-wide effort to improve pedestrian safety, was part of a $200 million holiday light program.
It also includes $40 million for lighting infrastructure improvements, $200,000 to add a street light, and $200k for street trees and trees on top of the existing lighting.
“It’s going to be a real change, and it’s going the right way,” Jackson told the Associated Press in 2018.
“If you’re going to go out in the street and you have to walk in, you better make sure it’s bright.”
The lights are part of an initiative by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, which began installing street lights in 2010.
The state said it expects to have lighting infrastructure up and running by 2020.
But the state has been slow to spend money on new lighting.
The light program, which has a goal of having street lights by 2020, has been delayed three times and has missed a deadline for its installation.
The Mississippi Department is also reviewing lighting for the state’s highways.
In addition to the installation, another $100,000 was set aside to help the state install the state-of-the-art road network.
Jackson said he’s encouraged by the city and the other cities participating in the program, as well as the city, county and state.
“There’s no question that this is a big part of our holiday celebrations, and I think that’s a big reason why this has been so successful,” he said.