Christmas at The Western Mall has been canceled for the 2016 holiday season.
For ten years, the first four being at Joe Noe's home in Crooks and the last six being in the Western Mall, the light show has been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The show has raised over $225,000.
Declines in attendance and donations have attributed to the show's hiatus.
The light show which is set to holiday music, took roughly 40 hours to coordinate for each song, not including set up and tear down. While organizers Brian Schumacher and Joe Noe are taking a break, they are hopeful the show can return in 2017.
Last year's show raised $15,000. Other shows have raised as much as $31,000.
Paul Kreuger, the CEO and president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation hopes for the show's return.
We will certainly miss the show this year as it brings in support and awareness for Make-A-Wish,” Krueger says. “We are already exploring next year, including the possibility of returning the show to the community of Crooks. At the same time, we are grateful to Brian and Joe and everyone who has been involved in the past.”