Christmas Magic a 'must-see' attraction for some visitors
While most people are just coming off Thanksgiving, the people at Christmas Magic wasted no time in bringing out the spirit of Christmas with decorations.
Christmas Magic, the annual Christmas light trail at the Rocky Ridge County Park, opened up for its 32nd year on Friday and will stay open until the end of the Holiday season.
The half-mile trail allows families and friends to enjoy Christmas lights and entertainment, with a few indoor stops for visitors to take a break and get warm. The indoor stops have things such as Bricker's Fries, model trains, entertainment and even a photo-op with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
This year: Jeri Jones, the man behind Christmas Magic, has been involved with the program for over 25 years. He said there are around 600,000 lights on display.
The event, which always kicks off on Black Friday, has already had a better start than last year.
Jones said last year they were dealing with snow and ice and it was much more difficult for people to come and enjoy the lights, whereas this year they were treated to slightly warmer weather in the 50's.
"Friday night was a great night for us," he said, "It was nice and warm."
Jones did not have the exact number of people who attended over the weekend, but he said it's about on par with previous years.
Big draw: Sara and Kobi Jones drove over an hour from their Chambersburg home to come check out the lights with their two children.
Sara said she saw the event on a list of "must-see" Christmas attractions. She said they recently moved from Maryland and she was surprised there weren't many light shows like Christmas Magic in Pennsylvania.
"It's a nice mixture of walking and heating," she said.
Elaine and Clair Dise drove about an hour from their Leola home to come to Christmas Magic for the fourth time.
Elaine said she and her husband Clair brought their children and grandchildren to the event last year.
"It was a nice, clean, family event," she said.
This year they had brought two friends along to experience Christmas Magic.
"It's just a way to make memories for the season," Clair said.
Jones said Christmas Magic brings in people from Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and even New York City.
"It brings the kid out of us all the time here," he said.
Christmas Magic is open from 6-9 Monday through Friday and from 5-9 Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $8 and children tickets are $6.
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