(Collierville, TN) More than 150,000 lights are on display in the Town Square.
City workers do it every year, and city residents come out for Christmas pictures or just to get into the spirit.
But in the middle of the night, someone came by and ripped out many of the lights, putting the whole Christmas tradition in serious jeopardy.
“I’m really surprised, I’m shocked it happened out here,” said Belinda Buie.
If it wasn’t bad enough, crews came out and spent hours putting it all back, plus spending the money to buy new lights…only to have the vandals return and destroy it all over again!
“It’s pretty sad you’re going to tear apart decorations everyone enjoys, hopefully they’ll find them,” said Michelle Thomas.
Police stepped up security and workers tried again replacing all the lights and trying to save the big tree lighting ceremony.
City leaders say it’s cost them a pretty penny.
“It’s frustrating and it’s an unnecessary expense for taxpayers for stuff to put them back up and buy materials to put them back up,” said city spokesman Mark Heuburger.
Be it prank, hate, or whatever the case, people in Collierville say it’s important to send the message that those responsible won’t win.