Midwest City's holiday lights display runs through Dec. 30

Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular has more than a million lights in a drive-thru display.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Modified: November 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm •  Published: November 24, 2012
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Even before the Thanksgiving turkey was carved, residents flocked to catch the first glimpses of the Holiday Lights Spectacular around Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.

The display opened Nov. 16 with kids lining up for photos with Santa and holiday music getting folks in the mood for the season.

More than 1 million lights make up the display, which runs through Dec. 30.

Snowflakes mark the entrance at SE 15 and Century Boulevard, and more than 90 illuminated displays are in the park. A favorite is the nearly 120-foot-tall Christmas tree decked with thousands of LED bulbs.

“They've reworked the displays to make it fresh and new,” Midwest City Parks and Recreation employee Megan Ebersole said.

Other favorites include the Illumination Celebration and a dancing forest of trees with lights set to holiday music.

For those wanting to walk or run instead of drive through the displays, the city will host the sixth annual 5k Night Light Run on Dec. 8.

Some 20,000 people come to view the display each year. The Holiday Lights Spectacular is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, go to www.midwestcityok.org or call 739-1293.