Road Trippin' : Merry and Bright


MEDFORD, Ore. -- For a handful of communities in southern Oregon, light displays are just part of the holiday season. In Brookings, the Nature's Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights is certainly something to see. The labor of love began 20 years ago with just a small group of volunteers.

"They actually went up to Shore Acres which is another light show up north and they wanted to start something similar in the Brookings area. They started with about 20 thousand lights and over the years, it's grown to what we see today," Klaus Gielisch, one of the volunteers says about the project.

Over the years, visitors from as far away as Australia, England, Sweden and Canada have stopped by to take in the lights. Gielisch says last year, the festival say a record crowd of more than 19,000 people. He says they are on track to beat the record.

The volunteers behind the festival says it's a holiday tradition and something incredibly important to the community of Brookings. Gielisch started helping out after he retired. He says it gave him something to do.

"I just kind of dove into it and now I head it up. I'm having the time of my life and I don't see it ending for me any time soon."

Visit Azalea Park in Brookings for the lights every evening from 5-9 until December 31st. There's a $2 entry fee for adults, children aged twelve and under are free.

You can also take in the holiday lights at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay. At least 325,00 lights make up the displays there. They run from 4-9:30 every night until December 31st.

In Roseburg, the Festival of Lights and Holiday Village is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30-9 and then on Friday and Saturday from 5:30-10.

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