Santa’s Last Day – 2 Days Till Christmas

Santa has just about finished his last 8 day visit to SunnySide Lights. Tonight will be his last night and it should be a really big one.

Thursday night, expectations were high for lots of visitors…and they came! Santa gave out around 450 candy canes, his most ever in one night. The car count went over 1800 at 9:00 and it stayed busy right up to 10:15. Traffic delays averaged about 20 minutes from 6:00 to 9:15 and hit as high as 35 minutes at one time.

Friday night expectations should have been high, but with the rain forecast I knew it would be relatively low. Cancelled 2 of my 3 traffic helpers and that turned out to be the right call. It was busy, but not for the last pre-Christmas weekend. Surprisingly we had a lot of walkers and the donations were good. Had quite a few conversations with visitors and was presented a water color painting of the display…WOW!

Tonight promises to be a biggy! The weather looks good, although a might cool (hey, its winter). I expect to hit 2,000 cars again and Santa may set another record for candy canes. Parking has become a problem with the 4.75 inches of rain we have received in the last 36 hours as the shoulders of the road have become very soft (and muddy).
But we will do the best we can.

Christmas Eve is always one of our 2 biggest nights for visitors and it will feel like Christmas has arrived with temperatures in the 20’s. Without Santa there are fewer walkers, so traffic tends to move a little bit faster (no buses and few limos also helps). It seems there is always a rush when church services end.

Christmas Day is no slouch either on visitor count and I expect to be out meeting and greeting…probably for the last time since the next week is not very busy.

Lights are on till 10:30 for tonight and tomorrow night and than go back to 5:00 to 10:00 thru New Years Day (which ends it all).

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