Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas ... Day 5: Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park

Everyone loves the lights of the season so pile the kids in the car and head to Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park "Celebration of Holiday Lights." Drive around the two-mile loop and gaze, ooh, and ahh over the dozens of Christmas displays set up by area organizations. Each year tens of thousands of vehicles take part in this holiday treat. Open daily now through January 5, the lights will be on from 5-11 p.m. offering a delightful treat for young and old.

Better still, park the car and walk around the duck pond in the cold night air and give the kids a chance to stretch their legs.

In what has become an annual tradition for many, 2013 represents the ninth year for the ever-popular displays with the magical glow of thousands of twinkly lights that can be seen around the Gazebo, duck pond, playground, ball fields, and open spaces. Particularly touching is the herd of deer on the grounds of the Gypsy Hill pool, lighted in memory of loved ones.

This year the Celebration of Holiday Lights will stay up through January 5, 2014, from 5-11:00 each evening. This event is free and presented to the community with help from the Staunton Parks and Recreation Department. See you at the park!

Photos from past years:  Christmas in the Valley ... Gypsy Hill light display

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

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