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Festival of Lights begins Wednesday

December 14, 2010

In less than 48 hours, Comanche Trail Park is going to be transformed into a poinsettia paradise.

Millions of lights will switch on for the Christmas holidays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when the 14th annual Comanche Trail Festival of Lights begins at the city park.

The event, featuring hundreds of lighted attractions ranging from poinsettias to oversized Christmas cards, is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors to this year's run, which ends Dec. 31.

The event is free to the public, although donations, which ensure the event's continued operation, will be greatly appreciated, organizers said.

“We have to pay the electricity bills, get the meters turned on and off and all that costs us money,” Howard Stewart said. “So donations are encouraged.”

The signature attraction for the festival, as it always has been, will be dozens of lighted poinsettias. But there will much more for visitors to take in, Stewart said, including the aforementioned Christmas cards, a western diorama, a gift shop (featuring T-shirts, tree ornaments, hot chocolate and apple cider) and Santa Claus (the live version), who will visit with children Dec. 21-23, Stewart said.

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