Though it hasn’t been proven, we think it’s entirely possible that you can see We Care Park from outer space. Yes, it’s that bright. It is more than 1 million lights, after all.
It takes months for volunteers to get the park ready for the annual celebration of all things Christmas. There are wreaths, trees and even a giant teddy bear.
One of the park’s most-loved traditions is the throwing of the switch to turn on the lights for the first time on Thanksgiving night. The honor is auctioned off and it’s quite a contest each year. After opening night, the park gives away a toy to every child who visits.
Opening night this year will be Thursday, Nov. 22. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
From there, the park opens at dusk each evening through Dec. 25. It typically shuts down around 9:30 p.m., but if the place is still hopping after, they’ll keep the lights on. You can walk or drive through. Either way, Santa will be there to greet you.
There’s no charge to enjoy the park, but a freewill donation is asked to help support We Care, a local nonprofit organization.
The park is located on East Gano Street, west of Apperson Way, on the city’s far north side. Get directions here.