It's a holiday tradition Glenn County is proud to be home of. " This is the only lighted drive through Christmas display of lights that we know of in all of Northern California", said route designer Merri Claus.
And organizers say the 8th annual avenue of lights is bigger and better than ever. Winding through the Glenn County Fairgrounds for nearly a mile, lights and decorations are in abundance, and those complex displays take a lot of work. " All done by mostly volunteers, we usually start hanging lights three weeks before Thanksgiving and then after Thanksgiving, we're out here everyday 8 hours a day", said Glenn County Fairground's senior of Maintenance Doyle Shippelhoute.
Many of the displays are original works of art, made by the dozens of workers who take part each year. And after the car ride through the twinkling lights, many stop at the North Pole Lodge for a photo with the big man himself, Santa Claus. " It's an annual even for many families", said Claus.
In the end, the intricate displays take more than three thousand man hours to put up, and more than three miles of extension cord is used to make sure they keep shining bright. But organizers agree, it's all worth it. " We love to see the eyes wide open on the two year old and the 92 year old", said Claus. Shippelhoute adds, " The look on the kids faces and the people's faces and to see how much they enjoy it, yeah it's worth it".