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White Plains Christmas Tree Lights Save Electricity, Money

White Plains Mayor Thoma Roach decided to plant an evergreen tree in 2011 to prevent the city from having to buy a new tree every winter. Photo Credit: File photo
White Plains will host a tree lighting ceremony and holiday celebration at Tibbits Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Photo Credit: File photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The annual tree lighting ceremony in White Plains’ Tibbits Park this Sunday will save money and electricity this holiday season through the use of LED lights, the city announced.

The LED lights last a minimum of three years, while the majority of non-LED lights used in past years were unreliable for re-use after one year. The lights will be displayed for 45 days, saving about 12,000 kilowatts of power and $1,500 – approximately the amount of electricity an average family uses for one year.

Additionally, the city planted a live tree in Tibbits Park in 2011 to be used for years to come, rather than buy a new one each year. This will save thousands of dollars every year, according to the city.

The annual City Lights Bright Holiday Nights Community Tree Lighting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and include music by the White Plains High School marching band, Eastview School Select Chorus, Taiko Drummers and the Forever Young Singers. There will also be an ice carving exhibit, a visit with Santa, winter games, special guests Frosty and Rudolph, crafts and train and carousel rides.

“The 'City Lights Bright Holiday Nights' event has become an annual tradition in White Plains," said Mayor Thomas Roach, who will light the tree. "It provides an opportunity for everyone in our city to come together to celebrate the festivity of the holiday season. Like our Fourth of July fireworks event, it’s a terrific evening because it feels like everyone who lives in White Plains is in this one place all having fun and celebrating together.”

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