Brookings-Harbor High School juniors have helped spread the spirit of the season by decorating portions of Bankus Park and U.S. Highway 101.

The students’ efforts came as the Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights organizers were looking for assistance in decorating the city. “Decorating downtown is new for us this year,” spokesperson Leslie Wilkinson said. “We were a bit concerned that there just weren't going to be enough hands.

“Thanks to the efforts of two of our board members, Justin and Hanna Flores, the junior class of Brookings-Harbor High School helped string lights in Bankus Park and along the U.S. Highway 101 frontage area.”

The students conducted the light stringing on Friday afternoon, Nov. 22.

The Festival of Lights at Brookings Azalea Park is a month-long tradition that begins Friday. The event started in 1997 with 20,000 lights strung in the bushes along the park’s pathways.

This holiday season, the festival is set to decorate with more than 2 million LED lights.

The event is conducted each season by Nature’s Coastal Holiday. “We want to really put Azalea Park on the map and make it the best show ever,” said Nature’s Coastal Holiday secretary Susan Dunn.

On Nov. 2, volunteers gathered in Azalea Park to string the lights in a “String the Joy” project. “There’s so much to do and the public is how it gets done," Dunn said.

The Festival of Lights is open from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 29 at 640 Old County Rd. in Brookings.

Opening night on Friday is First Responder Night. Santa arrives via the Brookings City Fire Truck at 5:30 p.m. and lights up First Responder Glen. Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand with many of the city's first responders.

Princess Elsa of “Frozen” will visit from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 20 and 21. Santa Claus will visit from 6-9 p.m. on Nov, 29-30, 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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