Columbiana's 'Joy of Christmas' light display celebrates 15 years
It's already that time of year!
The City of Columbiana is ringing in the holiday season with its well-known "Joy of Christmas" Light Display starting this weekend.
With thousands of lights and a variety of family-friendly events to look forward to, this event that draws in thousands every year just keeps getting bigger and brighter.
It's starting to feel like the Christmas season as Columbiana's Joy of Christmas display lights up the sky this weekend.
"The majority of people that come are from Beaver Falls or from Cleveland or from Mentor," explained Jenny Wehr, Volunteer with "Joy of Christmas" Light Display. "So they come from out of town to see the light show."
Wehr said the group of volunteers works on the display year-round to ensure it's a grand site when it opens for the season on Friday, November 17.
"As soon as it's over, we start immediately," Wehr added. "We jump right into it and we take off with next year's plans."
Over 1 million lights glimmer for guests to enjoy as they drive through Firestone Park. The show also features a variety of events on select days like a hay ride and petting zoo, a 5k, a first responder & senior night, and a walk-through night. 'Santa's Special Night' is an evening designated for individuals living with special needs that takes place on December 6 by appointment only.
"We try and bring in as many new displays as we can and kind of change things up each year so that when kids and their families come through, they have a nice experience to enjoy during the holiday season," explained Bryce Miner, President of the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau.
21 WFMJ continues to be the proud media sponsor of the event. Organizers say the displays wouldn't be possible without the help of its generous sponsors.
"That just speaks to the community that we have in Columbiana," Miner added. "Everyone is such a tight-nit community-oriented person here."
Jenny Wehr has been volunteering for the light show for 10 years. She says countless hours of prep go into the event, but seeing the look on family's faces makes it all worth it.
"It is very special," Wehr said. "It is a magical, wonderful community event and it just brings out the joy in people's hearts. There's so much else in the world that it's really special to see when it's magical."
Spreading joy this holiday season, something volunteers say is the best Christmas gift they could ask for.
"That's what it's all about," Miner added. "It's helping the community. It's giving families a wonderful experience during the holidays and it's also helping our local shops and restaurants in Columbiana, which is what we do it all for. Everyone here is a volunteer and really take pride in helping Columbiana."
Opening night is Friday, November 17, and will continue through the weekend from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $20 per vehicle.
Visit this link for an extended list of hours and pricing.