PORTER COUNTY | The staff at Sunset Hill Farm County Park has been busy putting up hundreds of light displays in anticipation of Porter County’s largest holiday tradition, Winter Lights Night Festival.
The event will kick off this season from 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Road. The event is sponsored by The Times Media Co. The cost is $5 per car. A variety of activities and attractions will be available including a grand finale firework display at 7:30 p.m.
Children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus, get their faces painted, make crafts, decorate sugar cookies, write a letter to Santa and much more. A student art show and contest will be on display, with everyone getting the chance to vote for their favorite work. Many schools are participating in this portion of the festival.
Families will also have the chance to take a wagon ride to admire the light displays that illuminate the park. The Winter Lights Night Fireworks Show, which has become a Porter County tradition, will light up the sky to close out the evening. A variety of vendors will be offering food.
“We have all worked very hard this year to make this a unforgettable event for each and every person, young and old who attend,” said Geri Rose, Porter County Parks and Recreation communications director.
The light displays are unique to the park, and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is more than 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the air with his reindeer.
“People love the light displays at Sunset Hill Farm, and Winter Lights Night offers a chance to come to the park and enjoy them at a fun, affordable festival with lots to do.” Rose said.
Winter Lights Night Festival also will be a dropoff site for Toys for Tots and parks officials are asking that each child that comes to see Santa bring in a canned good to donate to a local food pantry.
The Winter Lights displays will still be available for people to enjoy after Winter Lights Night, with a free drive through beginning on Thanksgiving Day from 5 to 9 p.m. It will then run every from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday through New Year’s Day. Donations are welcome.
Call (219) 465-3586 or visit www.portercountyparks.org.