English Gardens workers were busy Monday installing holiday lights in the trees along Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.
"They have to start this early to get it done," said Jay Dunstan, chairperson of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
By contract the holiday light plan, which costs the DDA more than $150,000, must be completed by Nov. 15, in time for the Holiday Magic Parade on Nov. 24.
This year the footprint for the lights expands slightly to include Center Street from Third to Fourth Street and Sherman Drive from Fourth Street to the bus station.
"The lights will look the same as they did last year," Dunstan said. "We figure if it isn't broke, don't fix it."
After a few lackluster years - tree trunks not wrapped correctly, canopies of lights not of the correct density and too many strands that did not work - the DDA got it right in 2012, according to Royal Oak Patch readers who described the holiday lighting plan as "magically beautiful" among other things.What do you think of Royal Oak's lights? Tell us in the comments!