Every year down at Temple Square, a tradition occurs. You all know what it is, the Christmas lights! Months and months are put into stringing the millions of lights every year. This year marked the fifty -year anniversary of stringing the lights. Back fifty years ago, the President of the LDS church, President David O. McKay asked arborist J. Leland Behunin, to string lights on Temple Square. About 15,000 people attended the first night the lights on Temple Square were lit. Beginning in August, they start stringing the lights on all the trees. The arborists take great care while wrapping the trees, and some trees are only wrapped every other year, to protect them from as much damage as possible. The Cedar of Lebanon tree, which stands near the east gate to the Temple, is lit only every other year. This year is it lit in 75,000 red lights alone. There are not only just lights to see at Temple Square. You can see a white Nativity scene surrounded by floating lights in the reflecting pool, to the luminaria around the square-it is meant to draw attention to the story of Christ’s birth. In addition to the lights in the evenings, Temple Square hosts free concerts in various buildings. People from all over Utah take the drive to come and visit the beauty. The lights will be on nightly at Temple Square from dusk, until 10 p.m. through News Years Eve, when they will shine until 12:30 a.m.