Christmas in the Park shines brightly with more than 300K lights

Posted December 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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Northeast News
December 30, 2013

For 25 years, Christmas in the Park has been going strong and this year didn’t disappoint.

Christmas in the Park, a festive drive-through display in Longview Lake Park, runs every year from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. This year, the display featured more than 300,000 lights and nearly 200 animated figures. New to this year’s display was a Santa flying 30 feet above the ground in an airplane delivering gifts to anxious children below, and the other lighted Santa who’s showing off his golfing skills. These two attractions alone added 20,000 lights to this year’s display.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted which are divided among 35 local charities. To date, the event has raised more than $500,000 for local charities. Longview Lake Park is located two miles south of I-470 off of View High Drive. For more information, visit www.makeyourdayhere.com.

Photos by Leslie Collins

 

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Andrew Hicks mans the donation box and greets attendees as they exit Christmas in the Park. Hicks has been volunteering at the event for five years.

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