Ashtabula County Lights on the Lake celebrates 14 years

Ashtabula County Lights on the Lake opens at 6 p.m. Friday at Lake Shore Park.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — For 14 years, Ashtabula County Lights on the Lake has been a festive and family-friendly attraction for the community. Each year thousands of lights illuminate Lake Shore Park, ready to receive ooohs and aaahs from visitors.

The Yuletide switch on will occur at 6 p.m. Friday and will continue to twinkle from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 29. There will be limited hours [6-8 p.m.] on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well.

Rick Coblitz, president of the Lights on the Lake Committee, is especially excited about this year’s offerings.

“We moved some displays around this year and have added some new ones,” he said. “And we will have music on 100.1 FM with a surprise.”

As in year’s past, visitors will be greeted by friendly committee members and volunteers who will distribute good bags to the first 3,000 visitors. The bags contain information about Ashtabula County, area businesses and valuable coupons which can be used a local businesses.

The drive-through display along Lake Erie features 80 displays, including the Wizard of Oz, toys, elves, Santa, candy canes, Christmas trees, poinsettias, penguins, a train, a large nativity scene and more. It takes 30 volunteers about five weekends to set it all up.

“What a special and unique event for our area; it’s a great display at a one-of-a-kind location,” Ashtabula City Council President John Roskovics said. “People enjoy and appreciate it. I know we’ve gone every year.”

Several of the displays were made especially for Ashtabula County’s light show. There’s a covered bridge, the harbor lift bridge and the flying saucer gas station that once stood at Five Points — “all to bring a hometown feeling to the show,” Coblitz said. “Also, all the displays are LED in an effort to go green.”

Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation and its committee members all volunteer their time. Funds generated are used to build and improve the festival. A portion of this years proceeds will go to an Ashtabula County 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Last year’s donations were made to Ashtabula Downtown Development Association and Lift Bridge Community Association.

Visit the Lights on the Lake website at www.aclotl.com or call 440-993-1051. Advance ticket sales are entered into a $500 drawing.

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