The annual Winter Festival of Lights is about to return to Oglebay Park and this year the tradition is new and improved.
In honor of Oglebay Park’s 90th birthday, a competition was launched. Children from across the Ohio Valley were offered the chance to enter a display contest to design a new, birthday-themed display.
The winner of this year’s contest, selected from dozens of entries by local students, was third-grader Lakin Chambers. Her design depicts a multi-layer birthday cake with glowing candles.
“I was sketching a lot of stuff out, for like a birthday party and I just decided to do a cake,” Chambers said about he design.
If you visit this year’s Festival of Lights, you’ll find it in the Speidel area of the park.
This year, the Winter Festival of Lights will provide a 3-D experience.
The show has been enhanced with new holographic eye wear, which are called 3-D Sleigh Bans that transform every point of light into a magical display.
“This is our 31st year. We’re very very excited to keep growing with our Festival of Lights,” said David Lindelow, President &CEO of the Wheeling Park Commission. “Our marketing team came up with a great idea to create holographic displays and we have some complementary 3-D glasses that we’ll be providing our guests so they can experience the entire display, over 100 lighting displays, in 3-D.”
For a $25 donation, guests will receive a Festival of Lights season pass and a four-pack of 3-D Sleigh Bans.
The Festival of Lights will officially light up on Thursday at 6:15. You can catch the big moment live on 7News.
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