The Bedford County Fairgrounds will light up once again this holiday season for the second annual Holiday Nights of Lights. Organizers say it’s a fun and socially distant way to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.
You can enjoy the mile long stretch of light displays by driving through the fairgrounds in your car. The lights turn on Nov. 27-29 from 6-9 p.m. and will be open December 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-27 weather permitting.
After a successful first year in 2019 the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce reached out to local businesses, schools, churches and families to see if anyone wanted to set up a light display again. Kellie Goodman Shaffer with the chamber says this year they have over 100 displays.
” We put out an invitation to our business community, churches, families school groups and said if you’d like to come set up a display as part of a huge holiday nights of lights to give the community something to do during the holidays that everyone is welcome. And this year we had just over 100 businesses, schools, organizations participating and there’s tens of thousands of Christmas lights out here right now,” said Goodman Shaffer.
It’s a $10 donation cash only at the gate or online if you buy your ticket at the chamber’s website ahead of time. Goodman Shaffer says proceeds will benefit the Bedford County Chamber Education Foundation.
Every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Santa will travel from the North Pole for socially distanced photos and to hear what’s on your Christmas list. Photos with Santa are free and he can be found at the end of the lights display.
“We just hope that that’s and opportunity for people to have a little bit of normal Christmas normal celebration of the season even though we won’t have kids sitting on Santa’s lap or anything like that it will be a socially distant picture, but it’s still a chance to give him your list and celebrate the holidays,” said Goodman Shaffer.