Press Release

Visitors Bureau Makes Donation to Restore "Twelve Days of Christmas" Display Share

Sep 27, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

The Christ­mas City Walk­way of Lights Board of Direc­tors is elat­ed to announce that they have received a dona­tion from the Grant Coun­ty Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau to restore the his­toric Twelve Days of Christ­mas” Walk­way of Lights dis­play along the Mis­sissinewa River­walk in Mat­ter Park.

GP Designs, who cre­at­ed the nos­tal­gic dis­play, will be able to rein­force, pow­der-coat and paint all of the frames as well as com­plete­ly rewire them.

Walk­way of Lights Board Mem­ber, Rose Cade­na, expressed on behalf of the board that they are extreme­ly grate­ful for the con­tin­ued sup­port of the Grant Coun­ty Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau, and empha­sized that the Walk­way of Lights is not sup­port­ed by tax dol­lars, but sole­ly on dona­tions, spon­sor­ships, and entry fees. With­out our com­mu­ni­ty of sup­port­ers, this major attrac­tion would not exist.”

The Grant Coun­ty Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau has been pro­mot­ing the Christ­mas City Walk­way of Lights for many years as a fun hol­i­day must-see and do event in Grant Coun­ty. It is one of the longest run­ning, largest hol­i­day light dis­plays in the Mid­west, and a dri­ve through is an annu­al tra­di­tion for many fam­i­lies. John Ligh­tle, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Grant Coun­ty Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau stat­ed, The CVB rec­og­nizes and cel­e­brates the impor­tance of the rich his­to­ry of the Walk­way of Lights in the com­mu­ni­ty. While East Cen­tral Indi­ana now has a pro­lif­er­a­tion of hol­i­day light dis­plays, the long­stand­ing tra­di­tion and the his­to­ry of Mar­i­on being declared Christ­mas City, USA’ in 1965 makes the Walk­way of Lights one of a kind.” More than 65,000 vehi­cles dri­ve through the Walk­way of lights annu­al­ly, with near­ly 200,000 passengers.

The Walk­way of Lights is over two miles long and boasts near­ly 2.5 mil­lion lights on a total of 120 dis­plays. Each dis­play is spon­sored to keep them in the best shape pos­si­ble for patrons young and old who come through to view them each year.

See attached press release issued by the Walk­way of Lights, includ­ing addi­tion­al media con­tact information.

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