TPA Park light show makes spirits bright

Annual T.P.A. Park Christmas Lights. (WLFI Photo)
Annual T.P.A. Park Christmas Lights. (WLFI Photo)

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s a tradition TPA Park in Frankfort started nearly 25 years ago, and each year it’s grown into a bigger holiday attraction.

It all began in 1992 when Christmas lights were strung throughout a small portion of the park. Now, the lights span across 85 acres of land throughout the area.

The display is done solely through donations of the people coming through to see the lights.

Parks Superintendent Joel Tatum said donations go toward the park’s electric bill for the month of December, as well as improving the light show each year.

“It brings joy to our hearts to see that we can do this for the community,” said Tatum. “When I stood up at the donation booth Thursday night with my family, passing out candy canes and taking money, just to see the smile on the kids faces it makes it all worth it.”

The park recently began using LED lights. Tatum said it cuts electricity costs down from nearly $10,000 to around $4,000.

The park is expecting over 100,000 cars to make their way through the light display. They also hand out around 14,000 candy canes.

The park lit up Thanksgiving night and will stay that way  24 hours a day seven days a week until Jan. 3.