Big, Bright Ball Returns Sunday, August 3

Big Bright Ball Returns Sunday August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

Big Bright Ball Returns Sunday August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

Looking Forward to Winter?

Probably not, since summer took a while to get here. However, everyone knows winter will come eventually, and with it, the holidays, the parade, and the Big, Bright Light Show that illuminates 1.5 million lights. The lights drape the buildings along Main Street and have become a huge attraction for the city.

If summertime seems to be slipping by, Rochester Media suggests you attend the Big, Bright Ball on August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Big, Bright Ball is the signature fundraising event for the Big, Bright Light Show and offers the chance to sample some of the treats that Rochester has to offer.

Visit Rochester Restaurants

Sonya Julie of Oxford samples the food at the Big, Bright Ball - photo by Michael Dwyer

Sonya Julie of Oxford samples the food at the Big, Bright Ball – photo by Michael Dwyer

A strolling dinner highlights many of Rochester’s eateries. Try a little of this, try a little of that, and go back for more. Main Street Deli, O’Connor’s Public House, Rojo Mexican Bistro, The Meeting House, Penny Black, Sweet Island Yogurt are just a few of the local restaurants participating in the stroll.

Music will entice many to the dance floor and the Make-and-Take Magic Wand Station will keep some of the young ones busy.

The Big, Bright Ball

Bring your checkbooks so you can bid on silent auction items from local shops. The “Light The Town” Raffle, is an opportunity to win the honor to flip the switch on opening night of The Big, Bright Light Show. In addition, take a chance at Snow Miser’s Cold Cash Catch to win gift certificates to your favorite downtown Rochester businesses.

Tickets for The Big, Bright Ball are $30 for adults, $10 for kids 5- 12 and kids under 5 years of age are free. Tickets are available at the Rochester DDA Office at 308 ½ Main Street (above Holland Floral & Gifts) or online at http://www.downtownrochestermi.com/store.

Big, Bright Light Show - photo provided by the Rochester DDA

Big, Bright Light Show – photo provided by the Rochester DDA

Become a Supporter

If cannot attend the Big, Bright Ball and you would still like to support the light show, you may become a member. Members receive exclusive benefits including a limited edition ornament.

Last year’s ball brought in $10,800 through ticket sales and auction items. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority hosts many events throughout the year. Check out all the Rochester DDA does by going to their website or by calling 248-656-0060.

About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at [email protected].

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