Work already started to set up Clifton Mill’s 4M Christmas lights

As September rolls around, most Clark County residents don’t have Christmas on their mind — unless they’re at Clifton Mill.

The mill has already begun work constructing their popular annual Christmas lights show.

The light show began in 1987 with about 100,000 lights. Almost 30 years later, the show has grown tremendously to more than 4 million lights used to create the one-of-a-kind show.

Workers began prepping the area in August by pulling weeds and preparing the grounds for the lights and thousands of guests. Workers will work six days a week, depending on weather, up until the first show.

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“What sets us apart from other light shows is that our lights are not factory bought, but are hand-made,” said Jessica Noes, Clifton Mill’s general manager. “We also have something new each year so you never get the same show each year.”

In addition to the light show, Clifton Mill will feature its expanded miniature village collection.

“People would see these displays at old time department stores and giving people that nostalgic feeling is part of the Clifton Mill experience,” Noes said.

There will also be the large Santa Claus collection, touted as one of the biggest collections of Kris Kringles in the county.

Clifton Mill officials are keeping the new features to this year’s light show a secret, but did say it will feature a major addition to the covered bridge lighting, as well as the return of older buildings that were previously removed from the show.