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Ring in the Holiday Season with Decorah's Holiday Lights Display
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Ring in the Holiday Season with Decorah's Holiday Lights Display

Are you ready to start a new holiday tradition, one in which you will happily partake year after year as your family grows and your circle of friends widens? After you’ve eaten your fill of turkey—or Tofurky if you’re of the vegetarian persuasion—I encourage you to take a drive to Decorah’s Holiday Lights Drive-Thru Light Show. The holiday lights display is stationed at Pulpit Rock campground on the edge of Decorah and is a festive spectacle in which young and old will surely delight. 

The lights really are a little touch of magic during the holiday season. Not only are they breath-taking in their beauty, they also are firmly rooted in community. Local community members and businesses sponsor the light displays and those who partake in this little perk of the wonders of the season provide donations that assist the Decorah community in growing even stronger together through caring, engaged individuals who know the true meaning of gratitude and generosity. It’s a great example to set for children and a way to show them first-hand that giving back to those around you goes a long way in widening the meaning of community within their homes and schools.

As long as you are enjoying the lights, you might wish to drop by to see Old Saint Nick. With the display opening Thanksgiving night, there’s surely plenty of time to see to it that the little ones run their list by Santa, as that sparkle in their eyes bespeaks the innocent, gleeful anticipation of the season of giving. The normal Holiday Lights hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Santa scheduled to stop by every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  He closes out his time on December 23rd because that worldwide route of gift delivery is counting on him and his reindeer to make the trek to bring smiles to children’s faces and to all those who know what it is to remember others during this special time of year.

So, if you’re looking for a seasonal activity to enjoy together as a family or with a group of friends on Thanksgiving evening, why not take a drive to the opening night of Decorah’s Holiday Lights? Bring a little jingle in your pocket to pass along as you reflect on the great blessings abundantly found in the good-hearted people of the Decorah community.

Photo credit to helpingservices.org.

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