There were plenty of holiday lights throughout Brookings this season — and locals and vistors noticed!

The Pilot applauds the increased efforts by residents and businesses to make the holidays brighter. Thank you!

Despite the rain and cold temperatures, this year’s Nature’s Coastal Holiday light display at Azalea Park was amazing! With improved lights, sculptures, activities and music, it was a shiny, happy symbol of community pride and partnership.

We salute the many volunteers who spent thousands of hours refurbishing the lighted sculptures, stringing lights, taking tickets, serving hot chocolate and, sadly, taking it all down.

We also salute the volunteers who championed the installation of decorations downtown and encouraged businesses to join the effort. Driving down Chetco Avenue — day or night — was a daily delight during the holidays, and brought smiles to children and adults.

Thanks, also, to the many individuals throughout the community who decked their homes with lights and decorations.

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well in Brookings and we are extremely thankful to all who made it so.