After being displaced for three years, the Celebration of Lights returns to San Jacinto Plaza this Saturday, December 3, 2016.

But you don't have to wait until then to see what the iconic downtown park will look like because I have your first look at the new Christmas lights display.

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Every El Pasoan is well aware of the many years and millions of dollars that has gone into renovating the park.

After all that time and money City Council didn’t want the same old decorations from years past so in June they voted to allocate about $150,000 for new lighting, displays and accessories, and contracted a San Antonio company that specializes in outdoor commercial Christmas displays to design and decorate the plaza.

The video clips on this page is what your hard earned tax dollars got you.

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The new “bigger, better and brighter” holiday lighting and decor includes more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning everyone of the 120 trees, and a new 30-foot artificial tree with 900 ornaments and 18,400 mini-lights.

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Several large lighted displays in the shapes of a gift box, star and ornament, and a large walk-through tunnel have been added for an even more festive selfie taking experience.

Celebration of Lights San Jacinto Plaza 2016

Additionally, the Afghan pine that has served as the city’s living Christmas tree for years has been tricked out with 455, 3ft falling snowflake light tubes.

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To see the 2016 Celebration of Lights Tree Lighting Schedule of Events, Lights Parade route and everything else you need to know before you go, click HERE.