St. Paul, MINN. (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
Holiday Lights in the Park, the Midwest’s largest outdoor holiday light display announced today the event will return to Saint Paul for another colorful and charitable season beginning on November 25 and running until January 1st, 2015. The event will continue to be held at St. Paul’s Phalen Park. A new partnership between the St Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and The St. Paul Police Foundation, Holiday Lights in the Park are working to continue to provide a special community attraction that helps make the holiday season brighter for lights enthusiasts while supporting those in need.
Holiday Lights in the Park raises money for local charities by welcoming carloads of holiday lights seekers to the area’s largest nightly seasonal celebration. For the cost of $10 per vehicle, visitors will experience a program of more than 60 larger-than-life holiday light sculptures and animated displays from the comfort of their vehicles as they cruise through the park in the evening hours.
To date, Holiday Lights in the Park has raised more than $336,000 over the past six years to support local nonprofit organizations that support the residents of the Twin Cities. This year Holiday Lights will once again raise funds to support the Union Gospel Mission and St. Paul Parks Conservancy. Net proceeds will now also benefit the work of the St. Paul Police Foundation which provides additional training and safety equipment to the St. Paul Police Department.
“Holiday Lights is not only a destination for those who love creative holiday light displays, but it is contributing financially to the people in our community,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “Phalen Park is the perfect backdrop for this annual family tradition that brings people into our city, creates a sense of vibrancy and supports the organizations striving to make a difference.”
The impact Holiday Lights in the Park has on the community extends long after the last holiday reveler drives out of Phalen Park. Because of its large volunteer base and the generosity of visitors, Holiday Lights can support community organizations all year long.
“This is a great way to celebrate the holiday season by bringing thousands of people into our community and our city each night to enjoy the Holiday Lights,” said Saint Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith. “We hope visitors that come to this event see not only a great light display, but a safe and friendly community they want to return to.”
Planning for Holiday Lights in the Park begins soon after the previous year’s event ends. “We are always looking to improve the experience. This year we have the most new displays we have ever put out,” said Kate Kelly, executive director Holiday Lights in the Park. “The partnership between everyone involved is what makes Holiday Lights in the Park so successful. This event depends on the seamless integration of various law enforcement divisions to provide a safe environment and adequate traffic flow. We are always pleased with how hard everyone works to make sure this event runs smoothly and safely each of the 30-plus nights it is open.”
Saint Paul Police Foundation Chair Nancy Haas is also excited to announce a media event to kick-off this charitable event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 10th at Phalen Golf Course. The event will formally introduce key stakeholders and officially introduce the beneficiaries of this year’s event.
Attention Calendar Editors:
2014 Holiday Lights in the Park at a glance:
What: More than 60 holiday-themed light displays located on a driving path
When: From 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly from November 25th to January 1st, 2015.
Where: Phalen Park, 1615 Phalen Drive East, in St. Paul
Who: A partnership between St Paul NECA and the St. Paul Police Foundation.
Cost: Tickets $10 dollars per vehicle nightly – and available online or at the park’s main gate.
About Holiday Lights:
Holiday Lights in the Park is a joint venture of the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating fun and affordable holiday events that raise funds to help meet basic life needs for children and adults in the Twin Cities metro area. All of the net proceeds of the event will be distributed to Union Gospel Mission, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. Holiday Lights in the Park is open nightly from November 25th -January 1, 2015 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park. To purchase tickets you can visit our website: http://www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com/, or for more information you can find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulpolicefoundation or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StPaulPoliceFdn
Robb Leer, media liaison Holiday Lights in the Park
Kate Kelly, executive director Saint Paul Police Foundation