Fes­ti­val of Lights cel­e­brates 25 years

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Elaine Han­son

This year’s dis­play reaches the mile­stone of go­ing 25 years strong. The Fes­ti­val of Lights Span­ish Fork tra­di­tion has long been val­ued as one of those “fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences” that you re­peat and re­peat and re­peat. Con­sis­tent and grow­ing at­ten­dance has proven that, and each year the goal is to de­liver a qual­ity drive-through Christ­mas Light dis­play.

Care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion goes into the de­sign­ing, place­ment and main­te­nance of the var­ied fix­tures lo­cated through­out the park. It is lo­cated next to the Span­ish Oaks Golf Course in beau­ti­ful Canyon View Park, and part of the walk­ing trail is used as a tem­po­rary path for the drive- through.

There are many themed ar­eas within the Fes­ti­val of Lights. You can see “Olympians” per­fect­ing their var­i­ous sports of ski­ing and sled­ding. There are cow­boys and di­nosaurs and even a sea ser­pent float­ing on the pond. More prom­i­nent dis­plays in­clude the Candy Cane Fac­tory, and Santa’s sleigh head­ing to the skies with Ru­dolf’s red nose lead­ing the way. One crowd fa­vorite is our mag­nif­i­cent cas­tle where the lovely princess throws her hand­ker­chief to the prince wait­ing be­low. There is some­thing very mag­i­cal about this time of year, and the rea­son for the sea­son is also fea­tured in Span­ish Fork’s dis­play. A beau­ti­ful na­tiv­ity with herald­ing an­gels greets you as you en­ter and re­minds you as you leave that this time of year is to honor the Christ Child of long ago.

Brand new for this year, the theme has fi­nally re­sulted in tun­nels, tigers, and trees. You will be charmed by our vi­brant pur­ple tun­nel be­decked with but­ter­flies, hum­ming­birds and drag­on­flies. There is also a beau­ti­ful 4 tiered foun­tain and 6 an­i­mals: a fam­ily of 3 tigers, and a fam­ily of 3 ele­phants.

But best of all is the brand new 30-foot tall Pixel Tree. This “pro­gram­mable” tree is a blend of dif­fer­ent col­ors and pat­terns all chang­ing ev­ery few

mo­ments to be a con­tin­u­ous daz­zle and de­light to all ages. Make Span­ish Fork’s Fes­ti­val of Lights a tra­di­tion for your fam­ily. By far the least ex­pen­sive Christ­mas light drive-through in both Salt Lake and Utah coun­ties, this is a splen­did way to spend time with your fam­ily or loved ones and cel­e­brate the beauty of Christ­mas. We are open 6 – 10 p.m. nightly from Thanks­giv­ing Day through New Year’s Day. Your car full of happy friends and fam­ily costs only $8.00. Large pas­sen­ger vans or ve­hi­cles tow­ing trail­ers are $22 and busses are $30.00. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Span­ish Fork City web­site Span­ish­fork. org/events.

Photo: Ed Helmick

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