Everything was in place – seemingly – to officially usher in the holiday season.

A cool, crisp Friday evening. Santa Claus. A Christmas parade.

And a few thousand merrymakers, all converging on the downtown to join in the festivities that would include the turning on of the lights in Central Park.

It was Light Up Night.

But, bah humbug. Many merchants didn’t see a need, or a want, to stay open.

We can understand the logic to an extent. Do a few thousand potential shoppers merit the extra hours and costs of staying open?

Perhaps not. But we keep hearing leaders, including shopkeepers, talk about finding ways to attract folks downtown in the evenings.

What don’t we understand here?

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