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Jolly Holiday Lights kicks off at Adventureland

Due to health concerns over continued Covid-19 spikes, the Huntington Regional Chamber of...
Due to health concerns over continued Covid-19 spikes, the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the 2021 Huntington Christmas Parade of Lights.(Storyblocks.com)
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 6:28 PM CST
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ALTOONA, Iowa (KCCI) - Families were all smiles Friday night as the opening of the Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona marks the unofficial start to the Christmas season.

“It gets the kids cheerful so that gets us super excited,” said Brooke Sage, a mother of three.

Gates opened at 5:30 p.m., but vehicles were lined up well before then to get a glimpse at the displays.

Some came from hours away to spend time with family and take in the sights.

“This is our first year, we’re actually from Kansas City so we came up to visit family and this is a fun family event,” Victoria Bowden said.

This marks the 26th year of the event.

In 2020, about 30,000 cars drove through the display.

For some families, it’s been a tradition to make their way out here after their Black Friday shopping.

The two-and-a-half-mile light show features some new displays this year.

All money raised will benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa.

Lexi Koenig of Make-A-Wish said 350 children are waiting for their wish across the state, “so every little bit helps.”

The drive-through experience will be going on through January.

Organizers say it’s an easy way to help kids who need it while making memories with your family.

“It’s a great way to help others and spend time with family,” Koenig added. “And have that holiday spirit.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event you can do so on the Jolly Holiday Lights website.

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