Lights out for Kazanzas Star in downtown Orlando

Crews expect to complete repairs Sunday


ORLANDO, Fla. – Take a drive through downtown Orlando this holiday season, and you'll probably see the iconic Kazanzas Star. 

However, you won't see it lit up until Sunday after a controller for the lights broke this past weekend. 

City crews along with OUC were out this morning getting most of the lights on the 600-pound star re-lit. 

On Sunday, Orange Avenue between Central Boulevard and Pine Street is expected to be shut down so crews can finish the repairs and replace the string of lights that shorted out.  

The star has been right outside Ross Lamont's window since he started working downtown four years ago. 

"It means it's the start of the holiday season," he said.

This tradition started in the 1950s, when two department stores, Ivey's and Dickson, came up with the idea for the star. 

In 1984, Jack Kazanzas raised money to replace the original star, which was damaged after those two department stores closed. Since then, the star has been rewired with 4,000 LED lights. 

The stretch of Orange Avenue should only be closed on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so crews can get all of the lights on the star re-lit. 

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