Ready, Set, Sparkle!

Opening of Delaware County’s Festival of Lights to be held Nov. 30


Santa Claus will join Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Department of Parks and Recreation and hundreds of residents to celebrate the opening of the 2018 Festival of Lights at 7:00p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in Rose Tree Park (1671 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA.)

The Festival of Lights opens to the public with a ceremony and tree lighting celebration featuring a welcome from Delaware County Council, a mini holiday concert by the Springton Lake Middle School Select Choir and the arrival of Santa.

“Delaware County Council is once again thrilled to present the Festival of Lights for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Delaware County Council Chairman John McBlain. “The Festival of Lights has been a holiday tradition for many residents of all ages across the county throughout the years.”

Delaware County’s Festival of Lights has been a treasured tradition for more than four decades. The tradition began in 1976 as part of festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. The Festival has grown from 50 lighted trees (one for each municipality and one large one to represent the County) to 75 decorated trees strung with 100,000 holiday lights, and dozens of hand-painted wooden figures, including toy soldiers, a snowman family and a replica of the Delaware County Courthouse. Complimentary cocoa and coffee will be provided courtesy of Acme Markets.

“We’re grateful to host this wonderful event in Rose Tree Park,” said Director of Delaware County Parks and Recreation, Marc Manfre. “It’s a community favorite, and the kids love it. Admission and parking is free and it provides a great opportunity for everyone to get into the holiday spirit.”

Delaware County Park Police will also be kicking off their 3rd annual Holiday Toy Drive during opening night. Park Police will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 3-12. The Toy Drive benefits local families in need.

Following the opening night ceremony, the displays will be lit nightly from 5:30p.m- 9:30p.m. through January 1st. Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking is available. For park information call 610-891-4455 or visit: www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/parks