Thanks to the combined efforts of the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) and the Delaware County Fairgrounds, a drive-through Christmas light display will offer a unique way to celebrate the holiday season in a year that has been anything but normal.
Jingle Bright, Holiday Lights will feature holiday light displays sponsored by MACC business members at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
The event will run from Thursday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Jan. 2 from 6-9 p.m. The lights will be on display every Friday and Saturday night, in addition to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Santa is expected to make an appearance on Dec. 3.
Admission to the light display will be a free-will offering.
Those wishing to view the event will enter in vehicles at the east side of the fairgrounds, near the horse arena and will drive past each display, remaining in their vehicles.
According to MACC Executive Director Ali Manson, with the cancellation this year of the window walk and static Christmas parade, the drive-through display is a way to celebrate the holiday season in a safe manner.
“We wanted to be able to do something as a chamber while still being mindful of safety and precautions that are out there right now. We contacted Jeannie (Domeyer) at the fairgrounds.”
Jeannie Domeyer, Delaware County Fairgrounds manager, said she believes the light display is important, especially this year. “In a year when so many of our traditions have been canceled or taken away from us one by one, we are hoping this light display can bring a little bit of joy back to everyone’s family. They will be able to do something they can safely do together and that was our goal.”
Domeyer, who said she is already planning for the event again next year, is grateful for the response from businesses.
“We were hoping to get 10 displays sold and we are at 34 displays right now. Businesses have really wrapped their arms around the idea and supported it. It’s going to be a decent-sized light show and that wouldn’t have happened had the community not been so giving and forthcoming.”