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Christmas Wonderland returns for another season on Friday

christmaswonderland2The Christmas Wonderland light display in Alton’s Rock Spring Park will open for the season on Friday, Nov. 23.

Once again, the Grandpa Gang, a group of retired volunteers, has been busy hanging lights and counting down to the opening day of Christmas Wonderland. More than 4 million lights will twinkle against the beautiful backdrop of Rock Spring Park, lighting the way toward another illuminating holiday season.

Christmas Wonderland will be open nightly through December 26. The park is located at 2100 College Ave, in Alton. Hours are Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Each year, the Grandpa Gang, a group of retirees and volunteers, organizes and designs the Christmas spectacular of cascading lights, tunnels and displays known as Christmas Wonderland. A portion of the attraction’s seasonal revenue is donated to local charities. In 2017, the Grandpa Gang awarded over 60 grants to local organizations, totaling nearly $45,000.
Returning light displays include Disney’s Frozen, an updated Snoopy display and the 12 Days of Christmas. Even a few of Alton’s historical figures visit, including displays of Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, placing the star on the Christmas tree and the legendary Piasa Bird carrying a bag of gifts for the kids are featured.

A special walk-through only night will be held on Monday, November 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can experience the lights while taking a 1.5 mile walk through the park. Dogs are welcome on a leash. No drive through tours are available. Admission for the walk-through only night is $1 per person.

Santa will be ready nightly in the Enchanted Village. Pictures with Santa are $5, or you can bring your own camera for a free photo.

Admission to Christmas Wonderland is a suggested donation of $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. For more information on Christmas Wonderland, call 1 (800) 258-6645, or go to www.christmaswonderlandalton.com.

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