KC gears up for holiday lighting tradition

Christmas lights outline towers at the Country Club Plaza shopping center as the sun sets Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. About 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outline the buildings and towers in the shopping district. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Author Gillian Flynn will flip the switch that lights up Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night.

The annual lighting event attracts tens of thousands of people to the upscale shopping and dining district, where several blocks of buildings will be outlined in holiday lights through Jan. 17.

A local celebrity gets the honor each year of flipping the switch. Flynn is the author of the 2012 novel, “Gone Girl.” In the 2014 movie adaption, Ben Affleck stars as a husband under the suspicious glare of the media and the scrutiny of police when his wife goes missing.

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

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