14th annual Avenue of Lights kicks off in Orland

Orland, Calif.--Dozens of families made their way to the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland Wednesday night for the first day of the Avenue of Lights.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 9:53 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 11:09 PM

Orland, Calif.--Dozens of families made their way to the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland Wednesday night for the first day of the Avenue of Lights.


"It's a good fundraiser for the area and it's just beautiful, it's a nice thing. You just fill your car with kids and you have a blast," said Dani Guzman.

For just $12 per car, families are able to drive through a mile-long route with light displays that included snowmen, Santa, and nativity scenes.

Route designer Merri Caywood said she estimates that there are about a half a million lights along the route, and it was made possible thanks to dozens of volunteers.

“I hope it's a big sense of pride for Orland, it's quite an event for a little town like ours," Caywood said.

The event is organized by the Orland Historical and Cultural Society and it's the 14th year it has been held, but it's come with some challenges.

The state stopped funding the fairground a few years ago, so it had to become an independent event that relies on sponsors and community support.

"As long as we can do that, we'll probably keep going. It's so much fun, we have a blast, and it’s just magical to come out," Caywood said.

Some of the youngest members of the community appreciate their efforts.
"It's a really awesome opportunity to come out here and for the community doing this for us, so it's pretty nice to do it. When you go to school, you get to talk about it and how fun you had since all my friends do it," said nine-year-old Tracean Taylor.

After families drive through the light display, they're able to stop at the North Pole lodge which featured a display of trains, Christmas trees, and of course, the man in red himself... Santa.

"It's cool seeing all the other lights and seeing trees and making friends with other people and they can take pictures with Santa Clause,” said Marisa Rico.

If you weren't able to make it Wednesday night, you have until Sunday to go and see the lights display for yourself. It will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every night.

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