Christmas Light Festivals
Another prominent example of this pseudo-pyromania is the Christmas light festival. Objectively described, Christmas light festivals seem a little silly. We string colored lights onto frames in the outlines of various seasonal shapes, set them up in an open area, and then drive through them. Sometimes those lights blink.
Oh, and I guess you'll need a key to know which of the pictures in this article are from which displays. Pictures 2-5 are from Hershey, and the rest are from Wheeling. Now back to less practical matters.
Christmas in Hershey” celebration that permeates the town that chocolate built at this time of year. Its website claims 600 different displays that cover more than two miles of woodland terrain. Honestly, it didn’t really seem like 600, but who am I to argue with a candy empire. If you can make a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, than I will accept your version of reality.
Surprisingly, there weren’t as many candy shapes as you’d think there would be for something with “Hershey” in its name. Quite a few were animated, though, meaning the lights blinked on and off to give the illusion of hands waving and wheels rolling and snowballs being thrown and such.
Despite its reputation, this festival only claimed about 70 displays spread across a six mile drive, far fewer than what Hershey touts, and it did seem like a shorter little jaunt to me. "Shorter little jaunt" might be triply redundant. That's a rare animal.
Although both the Hershey and Oglebay light festivals were fine specimens of the form, they weren’t that many degrees more advanced on the “Oh My God” scale than the local light festivals I’ve been to over the years during my less far-ranging Christmas seasons. So if you happen to have one of these near where you live, I’d say definitely go toward the light.