Franklin Twp. Festival of Lights features one of a kind displays
Taylor Smith, 6, of West Chester, visits Santa Claus at the Franklin Township Lions Club Festival of Lights. Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
With the Franklin Festival of Lights nearly at the half way mark, there is still time during the next few weekends to visit the seasonal display and put a glow in your Christmas holidays.
Hundreds of visitors have already come to the Phifer Ice Dam Park this season to see the more than 400,000 lights decorating the community park and playground at 880 Main Road, Lehighton.
The lights are beautiful to see during the clear, cold nights before Christmas, and for many families its become a holiday tradition.
Families bring their loved ones who visit from out of town during the holidays to have stroll through the candy cane-lined lanes of the winter wonderland. License plates in the parking lot prove that the Festival of Lights is just as popular locally as it is in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. and Delaware.
Families who started out as couples, now bring one, two or more children to the annual event, such as John and Dawn Krupa of Weissport who came as a couple and now have two young children to sit on Santa's lap.
"We come every year," said John Krupa. "Seeing the Festival of Lights is part of our family tradition at Christmas."
The lights at the Phifer Ice Dam are burning brighter this year as organizers of the event, the Franklin Township Lions Club incorporated LED lights into the display. The LED lights will also save some money on the light bill as LED lights are much less expensive to operate.
There is also a big field of inflatables. Many of the light displays at the Franklin Festival of Lights are one of a kind as they were designed and built by members of the club.
Also after seeing the lights, visitors are able to warm up in the Christmas Cafe with a cup of hot chocolate or other treat.
The Festival of Lights continue to be open Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Hours are 5:15 to 9 p.m.
Handicapped or elderly can tour the display in a golf cart. Anyone requiring a golf cart should call (610) 377-7703 for reservations.