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Oglebay Festival of Lights begins

Updated: Thursday, November 7 2013, 11:33 AM EST

WHEELING, W.Va.---

One of America’s largest holiday light shows, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia, will begin November 8, 2013 and continue through January 5, 2014.  This holiday tradition began in 1985 with just five light displays and landscape lighting covering about 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort. Since then, the show has grown into one of the nation's largest light shows, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort.  Eighty larger-than-life light displays are now part of this glowing show including the new Christmas Tree Farm display.

 

Five years ago, the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED. 

LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer.  “We want to ensure that the Winter Festival of Lights will be glowing for many more years!” said Caren Knoyer, marketing director.  “For example, the animated Rocking Horse Display was first added to the Festival of Lights in 1992, using 85 amps of electricity with traditional light bulbs.  Now that the display has been updated with vibrant LED lights and it uses just 12 amps of electricity.”

 

Every year new displays are added and the placement of the existing displays change to keep the show fresh. Christmas Tree Farm, one of this year’s new displays, was the winner of last year’s Festival of Lights New Idea Contest.  “The winning entry was from 7th grader Madison Zoladz,” added Knoyer.  “Madison said she was inspired by the number of cars she saw during the holiday season carrying Christmas trees.”  This year’s other new displays are Woodpeckers and Leaping Frog, and the Oglebay Village has been expanded.

Oglebay Festival of Lights begins


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