“We have 31 participants this year and we are completely full. We are very excited,” said Trinda Crow, president of the Twin Bridges Park Partners group that organizes the annual lights display.
Showings will be nightly from 6-9 p.m., and on Dec. 12 and 19, both of which are Saturdays, Santa will be there for pictures and to accept letters from area children.
“We will have Santa here to give your letters to, take a picture with him for free, have hot dogs and drinks,” said Crow.
In addition, the Wyandotte High School choir will perform and there will also be free barrel train rides for the kids on those dates.
“Even when Santa isn’t here we still have a mailbox that children can drop off their letter for him,” said Crow.
It requires around 200 volunteers to man the park and they started setting up the lights on Nov. 9. The light displays must be completed by Nov. 22 to make sure everything is working properly before Thanksgiving.
“We start working on everything in August and that’s when we start to receive donations and get new lights and check the old ones,” said Crow.
Last year there were 49,500-plus cars that went through the Park of Lights. Weather permitting, they are hoping for the same number or higher this year.
“We have five new groups presenting this year with us and it’s great to get new people in there and involved,” said Crow.
Members of the public are asked to vote on their favorite and the top three groups will get a monetary award. Twin Bridges Park Partners also will pick its top 10 and give an award.
At the end of the tour there is a donation box and all the donations go back to the park to either purchase new lights or equipment for the park.
“We just purchased new playground equipment for the park, some landscaping, as well as some benches for the park,” said Crow.
“I hope everyone gets a chance to come out and see another amazing show this winter.”