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From left to right, Firemen Willcutt and Runge, Fire Marshall Jeff Lee and fireman Flores at the Festival of Lights ceremony.

Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights organizers said Friday night's opening attracted 1,600 people to the event at Brookings Azalea Park.

The theme of the lighting ceremony was 1st Responder Night. The ceremony began with Santa arriving on a City of Brookings Fire truck with Sparky the Fire Dog to magically light the display, which includes an animated Fire Truck, Police Car and Ambulance.

The Festival of Lights is a month-long holiday light show and has been a favorite holiday tradition unique to the Brookings area since 1997. Organizers said two million LED lights are strung in the bushes and trees along Azalea Park's pathways for the holiday display.

The lights are carefully strung by volunteers in early November.

Princess Elsa of “Frozen” will visit from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 20 and 21. Santa Claus will visit again from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13-14, and Dec 23-24.

The charge for adults is $2. Kids 12 and under enter free.

For more information, follow Nature’s Coastal Holiday Brookings on Facebook, check the website, or email naturescoastalholidaybrookings@gmail.com.

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