One of America’s largest holiday light shows, our very own Winter Festival of Lights, started its 27th season on November 11, 2011 and will continue through January 8, 2012. This holiday tradition began in 1985 with just five light displays and landscape lighting covering about 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort. Since then, the show has grown into one of the nation’s largest light shows, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Seventy five larger-than-life light displays are now part of this glowing show including this year’s new displays: Ferris Wheel, Snowball Chasing Sledders and Conestoga Wagon. Two new dinosaurs have also been added to the popular Dinosaur Dell display this year.
The Winter Festival of Lights has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Most Extreme Christmas Celebrations” and listed in the American Bus Association’s Top 100 International Events. Two years ago the show was named one of the top 10 best holiday light and tree shows by leading hotel search engine HotelsCombined.com, and last year the Winter Festival of Lights was listed as one of the 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the United States according to AOL Travel.
Three years ago, the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED. Nearly 70% of the show now utilizes LED. “LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer, ensuring that the Festival of Lights will continue to glow for another 27 years,” said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director for Oglebay.
The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Those making a $20.00 donation will receive a DVD featuring this year’s Festival of Lights video.