The Idaho Falls Department of Parks & Recreation announced that the Festival of Lights at Freeman Park will continue to be open for an additional week because of popular demand. The lights will be on display through December 31. The display will also be open on the night of Christmas.
The hours will remain the same. Gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.
Santa will not be at the park during that time as he will be otherwise engaged and traveling back to the North Pole, but the light display featuring more than 100 animated scenes, light color-changing trees and music will be open.
Tickets can be purchased at the entry to the park for $10 per carload and $15 for an oversized or commercial-sized vehicle. An active military discount is available at $5 per vehicle with a military ID.
The city says that last year more than $9,000 of the proceeds from the event was raised for the City’s parks capital improvement fund.
Freeman Park will remain open to sledding for the duration of the festival. The river walk adjacent to the Snake River will also remain open.
The event is sponsored by HK Contractors, Western State CAT, Westmark Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, Riverbend Communications and KIFI Local News 8.
Sleigh rides and concessions will not be offered Dec. 25-31.