|Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer|
|December 14, 2012 10:23 pm|
Visitors to Brookings’ Azalea Park find a dazzling array of lighted bushes, sidewalks and structures that make up Nature’s Coastal Holiday, an annual display that features an estimated 450,000 lights. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
People who have a wish list for Santa Claus began to flock to his lap Friday night when he made his appearance at Nature’s Coastal Holiday, the 16th annual light show at Azalea Park.
For those who missed the jolly elf, he plans to make more appearances at the park’s gazebo, including one tonight (Dec. 15) from 6 to 8, as well as Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22, 23 and 24.
Clear, but cold, nights have also been bringing people to the light show, open from 5 to 9 every night through Christmas, in search of clues for the Twinkle Treasure Hunt, which offers a chance to win a $100 cash prize.
Visitors following the clues to special displays can enter their name in a drawing that will happen at the end of the show.
Admission to the show is $1 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Admission includes cider or hot chocolate and cookies at the snack shack. Many people take their treat to the warmth of the Capella by the Sea, which has been decked-out for the show and is open the same hours.
Organizers believe there are more than 450,000 lights twinkling in the gardens, including along with many sculptures — some new. Many are unique animal sculptures scattered throughout the park — from land animals such as deer, elk and fox to sea creatures in the “undersea garden.”
Dozens of volunteers help organize, set up and operate the nonprofit event, with the costs of electricity and lights paid by donations and sponsors from throughout the community.
For more information, search for Nature’s Coastal Holiday on Facebook, or call 541-661-7437.