Conway will keep its Christmas light show

Christmas light display will stay in Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month the Brighter family of Conway announced it would be pulling the plug on their Christmas light display, but it's not lights out after all.

The Christmas light display on Tony Circle in Conway will not be there this year, but the Conway First Baptist Church has decided that they will carry on that tradition.

For the past nine years, Tony Brighter and his wife Angi have brought music, color, and cheer to the Conway area.

"[We] did the research, figured it out myself and from there it was born."

In September, the couple announced that they would be moving out-of-state.

"Just the fact to know that someone is going to carry on the tradition for us and provide something to the community to enjoy."

This week, Christmas came early.

Teaching Pastor Colby Crow said that The First Baptist Church of Conway stepped up and purchased the holiday lights.

"We're so excited to be able to offer some of what Tony started and just carrying on a great place for families to come together and celebrate Christmas."

Crow said that  the church has been looking for a way to engage with the community during the Christmas season.

"The whole front of our church is going to be just a magical place with thousands of Christmas lights, and we just want to welcome the community as our gift to Conway," said Crow.

The church will be working closely with Brighter on the design and synchronizing the music with the lights.

"This is an ideal place, we think this will work.  There's a lot of potential for growth in the future," Crow added.

It's a bitter-sweet farewell for Tony and his wife.

"The people, everybody that came to visit was just wonderful.  We enjoyed meeting everyone we ever met.  Every year we always had a special moment.  It never failed, we always saw it and we always enjoyed it," said Brighter. 

The lights will begin on December 4 and run through the entire month of December.


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