This past weekend Luke and I decided to check out another local Christmas event: the light display at Borst Park. Borst Park is close to the freeway and downtown; not far from Luke’s work. During most of December (9th-25th) the park hosts a light display open from 6-9pm for people to drive through. FYI I am not the best iphone photo taker especially when it’s at night and we are moving so please excuse my unfocused pictures, I hope they still provide a glimpse of what we experienced.
We arrived at the park right as the after-dinner line started outside of the park entrance. It took awhile to get to the main gate but the path was well lit and cheery. The entrance fee was only $3 per vehicle. Or it could cost less if you made a toy or canned food donation, which later are given to charities in the area.
When we paid for our entrance we were given a pamphlet sharing thank yous to the local organization who donated to make the display possible. It also listed which non-profit organization in the area was hosting each evening’s display, who in turn receive parts of the proceeds for that evening.
Passing the entrance booth a sign showed the name of a local AM radio station playing classic Christmas music. We tuned in and waited in line until there was a good distance between us and the car in front of us.
Along the right side of the loop were well lite holiday greeting billboards sponsored by different donors from the local area including business, organizations, and churches. Since we are new to the area we found this helpful.
On the inside of the loop were several animated LED light displays. There was something to see for everyone including: scenes of penguins playing at the north pole, Santa rocking out with Rudolph on the guitar, (or peeling away in a hot rod), a train filled with toys, carolers singing outside of a church, and a nativity scene.
This little trip gave Kira a chance to cuddle into a nice warm car with us. I really do think she enjoyed the lights, she stared intently out the window for the whole loop switching occasionally to different side of the car so she could look out both windows.
I grew up near Los Angeles and went several years to huge light displays at Griffith park near the observatory. The LA display is a major time commitment and requires hours of sitting on the freeway exit to even get to the display. In fact it has recently been replaced by a light display at the zoo probably for that very reason.
This instead was a nice less-than-an-hour Christmas outing which supports local events and non profit organizations, that is a great Christmas win-win in my mind.