Lincoln Lights Up The Pines starts shining tonight

By T Scott Boatright

The colors of Christmas will flow like an exhilarating holiday wind through Lincoln Parish Park this weekend as the seventh annual “Lincoln Lights Up The Pines” display is presented.

From 5:30 to 10 p.m. today through Saturday the display will be held, with admission fees at $10 per car and $20 per bus.

The driving path through the park will be lined with a multitude of Christmas lights and holiday decorations as well as some travel trailers joining in the festivities.

“Lincoln Lights Up The Pines” began as a team formed between travel trailer enthusiasts using the park along with the Ruston Chamber of Commerce, Experience Ruston, the park itself and other local businesses.

All fees will benefit Lincoln Parish Park. Life-sized Christmas cards created by Lincoln Parish Schools will also be featured as will a “Live Nativity” Scene presented by CenturyNext Bank on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s just a great thing for everyone who lives in Lincoln Parish, and it also draws in visitors from out of town and that ends up helping the whole parish just by them being here,” said LPP Director James Ramsaur. “Holiday lights are a big part of the fun of the season.”

The first outdoor public electric light Christmas holiday display is believed by historians to have been organized by Fredrick Nash and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena, California, named Christmas Tree Lane. 

That lane has been continuously lit except during War World II since 1920. 

The light display trend soon crossed the country and beyond. Annual light displays on Regent and Oxford streets in London, date back to 1954 and 1959 respectively.

All proceeds from entrance fees to “Lincoln Lights Up The Pines” will go back to the park for use for maintenance and improvements.

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