Power — that is the key word surrounding Spanish Fork’s 22nd annual Festival of Lights.
It takes manpower, it takes the power of machinery and it takes electrical power to set up and display over 50 different light arrangements.
Beginning Oct. 1, the maintenance crew at the Spanish Oaks Golf Course starts the intricate task of setting up displays. Last year, the crew put over 40,000 lights up on one tree!
“It’s not a money maker,”said Steven Money, Spanish Fork special events coordinator. “The city has no intention in making money off of it. It is just something the city does to give back to the community.”
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
When: Nov. 27 – Jan. 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd. in Spanish Fork
Cost: $7 per car, $20 for large passenger van or $30 for a bus
Each year, attendees have a chance to see cowboys, ballerinas, skiers and more in returning light exhibits. And each display needs special attention. The largest display — a Toyland Castle — takes a crane to set up. While most of the displays are the same, the placement changes from year to year. Plus, this year the lights crew has added two new displays: a 30-foot Christmas tree and a gingerbread house with gingerbread men.
“I think you want to come if you want to enjoy the holiday spirit and be cozy, especially if you have children because it is just a capital W-O-W,” Money said.
The Festival of Lights allows attendees to remain warm by staying in their cars and driving through the more than a mile-long light display. And to get people in the holiday spirit even more, people can listen to seasonal songs on the radio at 99.9 FM.
“You can probably make it through in 10-15 minutes, but you don’t want to drive through very fast because everyone enjoys it,” Money said.
Because of new construction in Spanish Fork, turn arounds (or going through multiple times) is only allowed on slow days. Check the website for turnaround days.
The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights opens Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27, and runs through New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2015). Tickets cost $7 per car, $20 for large passenger van or $30 for a bus.
Learn more at spanishfork.org.