Fantasy Lights draw record crowd

More than 5,200 men, women and children took advantage of a cool but dry evening and enjoyed Fantasy Lights’ dazzling display on foot Nov. 23. The total was a Fantasy Lights Walk record, topping the 4,300 of 2005 and nearly doubling last year’s participation.
Their reward was a close-up view of the nearly 300 animated displays and multi thousand lights along the winding route through forested Spanaway Park.

“People were very pleased with the design and commented on how beautiful everything looked,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Kravit-Smith, who walked with a group of youngsters, including her daughter, Elianna. “If the Walk was any indication, we should have a very successful year.”

Superintendent of Recreation Scott Hall said the Walk sets the tone for the holiday season for many residents. “Fantasy Lights brings so much enjoyment to so many people,” he said.

The event was the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest’s largest drive-through holiday lights display.

Held at Pierce County’s Spanaway Park, Fantasy Lights is viewed by more than 120,000 visitors in more than 23,000 vehicles each year between Thanksgiving Day and News Year’s Eve weekend.