Sam Odrowski The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Town Council is contributing lights to the 10th Annual Fantasy of Lights event this year. The idea came from Councillor Jack Ballinger at a council meeting, on Monday December 4th.
The Fantasy of Lights is an annual celebration of the holiday season in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park, starting on December 9th and finishing January 1st. This year’s event will feature over 70 displays by various community groups, businesses, and churches, making it the biggest one yet.
The Fantasy of Lights is hosted by the Optimist Club, who will be collecting donations for their organization at the event. The club works with the Uxbridge community, to volunteer and donate towards local youth initiatives and charities.
Councillor Ballinger admires the great work the Optimist Club does with the Fantasy of Lights, and said, this year he wanted to get Uxbridge Council involved.
He said, “You got volunteers going out there and bending over backwards and setting up the Fantasy of Lights, so the least we can do is contribute and do something to enhance their program.”
So councillors set up Christmas lights along the walkway east of Elgin Pond, leading over the bridge, and continuing up to the park entrance.
Chris Wilson of the Optimist club told the Standard, the views of Elgin Park, during the Fantasy of Lights, are breath taking.
“As you come up the hill and see Elgin Park in its entirety it’s a quite incredible sight to see,” he said.
Adding that Elgin Park becomes a real special place during the holiday season, with the Fantasy of Light becoming like a tradition for many families in Uxbridge.
“We’ve had people engaged to be married in the lights, a lot of families like to take their kids and go for a walk in the lights every Christmas eve, and they’ve made it a real staple in their family traditions.”
According to the Optimist Club, it isn’t easy setting up and looking after 70 displays of lights, but they say it’s rewarding work.
“It’s a lot of work but the payback is really in the expressions that you see on people’s faces, when they are walking through it and seeing all the kids that are just mesmerized by the lights,” Chris said. “It’s something we absolutely love doing. The optomist club looks forward to putting on the show every year.”
The lights are currently being set up and will get plugged in for the grand opening, on December 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Councillor Ballinger is hoping the Fantasy Lights will continue to grow to be bigger and better.
He said, “We hope lots of people come out to support the optimist club and come see the Fantasy of Lights.”
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