Spanish Fork Festival of Lights plugs in for 23rd 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 Years Day. (Photo courtesy Festival of Lights)

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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
Site: spanishfork.org

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Every year on Thanksgiving night Spanish Fork gets plugged in to electrify its community with its annual Festival of Lights. This year the city is promising one of the best years yet.

While the festival has been lighting up Spanish Fork for the past 23 years at Christmastime, the display is always fresh because the team tries to add new fixtures each year as well as move the displays around.

The colorful parade of lights lasts about 3/4 of a mile through Canyon View Park, according to Steven Money, the special events coordinator for Spanish Fork.

“If nobody is in the park, you can figuratively drive through in two seconds, but everyone goes slow,” Money said. “If it’s a busy night, you can’t go around again. But on our slow nights you can go around as many times as you want.”

There are signs at the end of the route to indicate whether cars are able to drive through multiple times on any particular night. The dates where multiple drive throughs are not permitted are also listed on the city website.

And the display has more than just your traditional holiday favorites, such as the poinsettia. They have a castle, dinosaurs, wildlife from the mountains, cowboys and more displays to ignite the spirit of Christmas in guests.

Plus, to add to that Christmas spirit, Money recommends tuning your radio to 99.9 FM for holiday music as you drive through the lights. Not to mention that the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights has become a family tradition for many of Utah County’s residents.

“I don’t know anyone who has ever been through it that hasn’t been more than satisfied,” Money said.

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.

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