By Emily Le Coz | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It’s hard to ignore Christmas in downtown Tupelo, where each year the light poles cast a warm seasonal glow from their holiday decorations.
Tupelo Water & Light workers affix some 200 lit displays to downtown area light poles the Sunday after Thanksgiving. There they stay until after New Year’s Day.
It’s a tradition that began decades ago – how many decades, no one seems to know.
“Since before my time,” said Tupelo Water & Light manager Johnny Timmons, who has been with the department nearly 40 years. “They’ve been doing it for years.”
The decorations are purchased by various entities but stored, mounted and maintained by Tupelo Water & Light.
Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association bought bought the snowflakes in the center of town, the Presley Heights Neighborhood Association bought the snowflakes and musical notes in the eastern part of downtown and the Park Hill Neighborhood Association purchased the Christmas trees for their area north of downtown.
The collections have grown over the years, but newer equipment and better technology has made their installation and maintenance quicker and easier, Timmons said.