Share the magic at Festival of Lights

There’s absolutely no doubt the Festival of Lights at Comanche Trail Park will once again be a major attraction for Big Spring during the Christmas season when the display opens tonight at 6:30.Poinsettias, arranged around and reflected in the waters of the historic Big Spring and those lining the dam along U.S. 87 grab the eye, but they are just a few of the attractions at this, the 14th annual Festival of Lights.Workers always have something new and better than the year before when the Festival of Lights opens.“We opened up a new area to the festival last year, south of Kid's Zone, but a lot of people turned right after the left the gift shop and they missed it,” said Howard Stewart, who along with his wife, Vickie, and son, Queintinn, have handled most of the responsibilities of preparing for this year's festival, while long-time festival director Pat Simmons had dealt with health issues.This holiday season, as in recent years, numerous businesses, civic groups and individuals have again been invited to take part in decorating for the festival and they’ve come through with even more magnificent efforts than ever before.The festival begins tonight and will continue through Dec. 31.The Festival normally draws thousands of visitors from several states and countries and topped the 22,000 mark in attendance for the first time last year.Visitors are always welcomed to return for another visit during the season.Don’t forget, admission is free, but donations from visitors are gratefully accepted — making it possible to not only maintain the displays, but expand them each year.Be sure to take a few moments this holiday season, pack up the family or a few friends and take a tour through the park and enjoy the almost magical display volunteers have created.We’re convinced you’ll be pleased with what you see and glad you took the time.