Let there be lights!

Nature's Coastal Holiday rings in the holiday season at 5 p.m. Sunday when the colored lights - about 500,000 - turn on in Azalea Park.

Opening day usually has one of the strongest turnouts and committee chairman Bryan Tillung says the lights and figurines have been arranged differently than years past in order to make the show new even for long-time attendees.

Free cookies and cider are available at the event and speakers located throughout the park will play Christmas music. Carollers will be there in weekends to come and Santa Claus will make a visit between Dec. 21 and 24.

Tillung said the assistance from the many volunteers who helped to set up the lights, especially the student leaders from Brookings-Harbor High School, was very much appreciated. Also, in recent weeks organizers have received an influx of much needed donations, more than $900.

The Vietnam Veterans of America will provide security at the event and Tillung says those who can't afford the admission should still come visit and that none will be turned away.

Admission to the lights show is $1, with children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Nature's Coastal Holiday will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.