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Ardmore's Festival of Lights brightens the holiday season

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Ardmore's Festival of Lights continues through December 30. (KTEN) Ardmore's Festival of Lights continues through December 30. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- When you think of Christmas, it's hard not to include holiday lights.

You can find plenty of those in Ardmore as the city's Festival of Lights returns to brighten the season.

"You can pile your family in a car and you can come out and spend time celebrating the Festival of Lights, but also celebrating family and Christmas," said Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin.

The 1.5-mile drive-through display at Regional Park features more than 150 exhibits.

"We have five new displays this year, two custom, and then three that was purchased and selected by the regional park board," Ervin said.

One of the largest holiday attractions in southern Oklahoma, the Festival of Lights started around 20 years ago when then Parks and Recreation director Kevin Boatright visited a similar display.

"He had seen it, thought of the idea, the board got on board with him, they took a field trip to see, they came back and started the Festival of Lights," Ervin said.

And it's proven to be a tourism magnet.

"We have people come from Nebraska to see these," Ervin said. "I've met people from St. Louis, and of course down in South Texas, San Antonio, and places like that."

While the Festival of Lights is free for all, donations are welcome. Civic groups come out to staff the display and earn some money as well.

"Part of those donations that night will go to that specific group, and then the rest goes right back into the Festival of Lights," Ervin said.

The Festival of Lights continues every night during the holiday season until December 30.

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