Carla Cloud received a lot of happy phone calls Dec. 15.
"I've gotten a lot of really positive feedback" about the inaugural Night of a Thousand Lights held Dec. 14, said Ms. Cloud, the executive director of Aiken Downtown Development Association.
The sidewalks along Laurens Street and Richland and Park avenues were lined with luminarias for two hours, providing a festive glow in front of the many shops that extended their business hours for the event.
Ms. Cloud said shop owners also did their part to attract holiday shoppers - photography exhibits, art exhibits and a violinist outside shops.
"They made it a huge success," she said.
Ms. Cloud said this won't be the last time teams of volunteers line the streets with candle-lit bags.
She said she felt sure it would be at least an annual event, and it could be done more than once a year. And she sees the event drawing even more participants.
"One way we could expand it is we might ask the churches to get involved," she said. "Maybe one day it will be a Night of 10,000 Lights."
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