The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 30, 2012

Santa expected at Lights on Lake

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —  There are lights and more lights, thousands of twinkling ones at Lake Shore Park every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Strings of lights decorate the park’s trees and hills. They glow on a train, toys, elves, snowmen, penguins and candy canes, but tonight a special visitor is coming to town.

That’s right — Santa Claus will be there to greet children of all ages.

“We are expecting him,” said Rick Coblitz, president of the Lights on the Lake Committee. “He will be handing out round mints.”

Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake drive-through light display opened for the season last weekend and will continue to glow from 6 to 9 p.m. every weekend through the end of the year.

New this year are more LED light displays and a surprise display having something to do with Lakeside High School. Hint: It’s big, green and blows fire.

Another display reminds visitors of the good old days in Ashtabula when the city boasted a flying saucer gas station. There’s also a lift bridge, a covered bridge, a lighthouse and a fishing boat.

Cost is $5 per carload.

Coblitz suggests motorists enter the park slowly and enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas murals, which are illuminated by spotlights.

The Nativity scene is always a favorite light display, but last year, many folks said they liked the waterfalls by the park’s rock garden, committee members said.