HOLIDAY LIGHTS READY TO TWINKLE

December 06, 2000 12:00 am
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The gardens of Azalea Park in Brookings will glow again with thousands of holiday lights when the annual Natures Coastal Holiday display opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

The lights are on every night through New Years Eve from 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $1 for adults but free for children under 12. Free cookies and hot cider are served nightly; entertainment is schedule but is subject to weather conditions in some cases.

The natural theme of the holiday lighting event is carried out in several ways, from an undersea garden where green lights and fanciful sea creatures make visitors feel like they are walking through a kelp forest, to a variety of light sculptures elk, deer, whales, gulls and even some leaping frogs.

New animal sculptures will be unveiled this year, as well as a new Joy Gateway over one of the entrances to the gardens.

Central to the display, however, are the mixtures of cream and pink lights on the ancient wild azalea bushes that give the park its name.

Volunteers string the lights and host the event.