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Winter Festival of Lights Kicks Off Thursday Night

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WHEELING -

The Winter Festival of Lights marks the official start to the holiday season in the Ohio Valley Thursday night.

The switch will be thrown at 6:15 p.m. Thursday kicking off the winter-time tradition in Wheeling.

During the holiday season, the event draws over 500,000 people from all over the country, boosting our local economy.

The Winter Festival of Lights started in 1985. The holiday light show is one of the nation's largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort.

Organizers said four years ago, the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new "green" era using   energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED.

"We are proud to announce that all the displays at the Festival of Lights are now LED!" said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director for Oglebay.

Knoyer said that LED lights use 85 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer.