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Light displays add joy to the season

Light displays add joy to the season

Beautiful lights and animated displays are found in many places during the holiday season.

Families and groups of friends often will gather together to visit a colorful, whimsical display or prepare to drive through a lavishly decorated pathway to view holiday decor.

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Throughout the Region and Chicagoland there are assorted light displays to enjoy.

One of the newest displays in the area is the Magic of Lights, presented by the LaPorte County Fairgrounds and Event Center and FunGuys LLC.

“LaPorte County Fairgrounds and Events Center is at a whole new beginning and our goal is to bring major events and family experiences to the community, beginning with this partnership with FunGuys LLC on Magic of Lights,” said Suzi Carpenter, business and events director at Fairgrounds Management and Events Corp., LaPorte County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

The event, which is being presented for the first time, will feature a drive-thru experience of more than a million lights and colorful holiday scenes.

Carpenter said organizers want to bring “joy, excitement and holiday memories for families and friends and the entire community that will last a lifetime. It’s an experience meant to be shared."

The display runs a mile and a half and winds through the fairgrounds. Magic of Lights runs through Jan. 2.

"So many holiday favorites are on display, like the 12 days of Christmas, Tropical Holidays, Santa’s Mountain and my favorite, the spectacular Enchanting Tunnel of Lights,” Carpenter said.

The enjoyment and allure of holiday lights really goes back to childhood, she said.

"There’s just something special and indescribable about this time of the year and the glow of multicolored lights that we remember from back when we were kids. That joy never goes away, and we’re building new memories for children young and old."

FYI: Magic of Lights, through Jan. 2 at LaPorte County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 2581 W. Ind. 2, LaPorte. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. daily. Visit for prices and more information.

Among other light displays to visit during the holidays:

• Winter Lights Drive-Thru at Sunset Hill Park runs through Jan. 1 at Sunset Hill Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. Call 219-465-3586.

• Christmas Tyme Lights at Harvest Tyme, 17904 Grant St., Lowell. The drive-thru display runs through Dec. 30. Visit

• ZooLights will run through Jan. 2 at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Visit

• Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum runs through Jan. 2 at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Visit


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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.

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