Thanksgiving is over so it’s time to break out the Christmas lights! The new Festival of Lights at Freeman Park started Friday night to kick off the Christmas season.
“My favorite part is the creating, deciding what goes in the light park,” said LeAnn Gilbert, creator of the festival. “I’m the one who puts the lights on so I’m the one that makes them come to life. My husband does the welding. He takes the picture drawn by our artist, Kurt Moulton, and he bends the steal to make the display and then I put the lights on.”
Sonny Gilbert and LeAnn Gilbert have been doing light parks in Utah for the past 12 years. Due to the overcrowding of attractions in Utah they decided to bring their park to Idaho Falls. The 150 displays in the park are done by the couple. It features everything from Disney characters to Santa’s reindeer. The Gilberts say this is the first of many light parks they will hold in Freeman Park.
“The community couldn’t be better,” LeAnn Gilbert said. “They have been so wonderful with us here. They stop and they ask and someone even brought us hot pumpkin bread one day. They’ve been so kind and so responsive. We had a great opening night, so we really like it here.”
The Festival of Lights costs $10 per car load but only $5 Wednesdays.