KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is preparing for an annual holiday lighting ceremony that draws tens of thousands of people.

The switch will be flipped Thanksgiving night on the County Club Plaza, where several blocks of buildings will be outlined in holiday lights through Jan. 14.

Musical performances also will be part of Thursday night’s festivities.

The lighting ceremony dates back to the 1930s. The only time that the Plaza lights were not in operation occurred in 1973 when President Richard Nixon called upon all Americans to curtail the use of Christmas lights to reduce dependence on foreign oil imports.

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