GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For many downtown businesses the Festival of Lights is their time to shine.
"It brings people in that we don't often see," said Brian Lampkin, with Scuppernong Books on Elm Street. "Here is our chance to highlight what we do."
Each year the festival, held on the same night as First Friday, brings thousands of people to downtown. While many families come for the lights and city tree others come to visit the shops.
"This is our time showcase and be the photographers of this beautiful city," said Candace Tucker, with Action Greensboro. Tucker helped put out new sidewalk posters encouraging residents and visitors to hashtag Greensboro photographs with #gogso. "We just want all the visitors and community of Greensboro to share what they love about Greensboro."
Law enforcement shut down Elm Street from Center City Park to Lee Street to help with the crowds. About 20 musical groups will be performing on Elm Street with 10 music groups, many Christmas carolers, strolling along Elm.
For more information visit festivaloflightsgso.org.