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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights continues electrifying display for 24th year

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The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights begins Thanksgiving Day and continues through New Years Day. (Photo courtesy Festival of Lights)

The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights begins Thanksgiving Day and continues through New Year’s Day. (Photo courtesy Festival of Lights)

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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights, now in its 24th year of operation, is bigger and better than ever.

While the display maintains favorite light fixtures, it is constantly adding more lights for a new experience in the 3/4-mile drive. Last year, Spanish Fork featured the North Wind blowing hard and changing the fairytale castle into a “Frozen” castle. Because of the popularity of the display, the fixture has returned for the 2016 season.

Every year the festival becomes more brilliant as additional fixtures are refitted with LED Bulbs. There are a myriad of themes throughout the park where you can enjoy Santa’s candy cane factory, Dicken’s style villagers, cowboys and lots of friendly flying geese, grazing deer, jumping frogs and butting rams. The beautiful pond boasts sea monsters, swans and other aquatic themes.

“We’ve been bringing our children every year and now our children are bringing our grandchildren,” said Clint and Layna Harwood, longtime attendees at the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights. “It’s always beautiful and everyone loves the lights and the different fixtures.”

“We’ve been bringing our children every year and now our children are bringing our grandchildren. It’s always beautiful and everyone loves the lights and the different fixtures.” —Clint and Layna Harwood, annual festival attendees

For an extra dose of holiday spirit, tune into 99.9 FM on the radio while driving through the displays for holiday music to accompany a electrifying light display.

On some nights, the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights even allows viewers double the drive throughs, which means drivers get to loop around a second time. See the blackout days, meaning days cars aren’t allowed to drive through a second time, at spanishfork.org. Signs at the end of the route also indicate whether cars are able to drive through multiple times on any particular night.

“As one of the only drive-through Christmas light displays in Utah County, we carry the distinction of being the best deal in the area,” says Elaine Hansen, event organizer.

The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights opened on Thanksgiving Day and unplugs after New Year’s Day. Each night, the display opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. The starting point is at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd. in Spanish Fork.

Tickets cost $7 per car, $20 for large passenger van, $20 for hitched trailers or $30 for a bus. Learn more about the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights at spanishfork.org.

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