Northwoods lights display opens this weekend in Rhinelander
The third annual Lights of the Northwoods takes place the next two weekends at Rhinelander’s Hodag Park. The event, which began with displays using a modest 50,000 lights three years ago, now boasts upwards of 150,000 lights.
Kickoff is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Hodag Park with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial opening of the event with the Rhinelander Area Ambassadors. The light display will be available for viewing 5-9 p.m., Dec. 13-15 and 20-22.
The event is free, but once again this year food and monetary donations will be collected on site. A portion of the proceeds will stay with Lights of the Northwoods to help grow the displays, and the remaining donations will be given to participating non-profit groups.
Friday, Dec. 13: Rhinelander Area Food Pantry/Rhinelander Lions Club Night • RHS Choir 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Elcho Food Pantry • Lakeland Barbershop Chorus 6-7 p.m. • Elcho Music Department 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15: Rhinelander Area Food Pantry/ Northern Edge Figure Skating Team Night
Friday, Dec. 20: Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and Special Olympics/Masons Night
Saturday, Dec. 21: Tomahawk Food Pantry and Rhinelander Robotics Club/Printpack Night
Sunday, Dec. 22: Rhinelander Area Food Pantry • Choraliers 5-6 p.m.
Events featured each night
§ Light display 5-9 p.m.
§ Visit with Santa and free photos 5-8:30 p.m. (Flintography)
§ Free shuttle bus to and from lot behind CT’s Deli 4:30-8:30 p.m.
§ Free park trolley (weather permitting) leaves and returns to the activity area throughout the evening, courtesy of the Oneida County Fair
§ Bonfire manned by area fire department volunteers
§ Concessions with hot beverages and food for purchase from RHS Band Parent Organization