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Christmas in the Park opens Friday

The Grand Forks Lions Clubs 10th annual Christmas in the Park, a drive-through display of colorful lighted Christmas decorations and trees, will open Friday on Lincoln Park Drive in Grand Forks and run through New Year's Eve.

Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30 and from 5:30 to midnight on Dec. 31.

The Grand Forks Lions Clubs 10th annual Christmas in the Park, a drive-through display of colorful lighted Christmas decorations and trees, will open Friday on Lincoln Park Drive in Grand Forks and run through New Year's Eve.

Christmas in the Park will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30 and from 5:30 to midnight on Dec. 31.

The cost of admission is $5 per car, $10 per limousine and $20 per bus and proceeds go to Lions Club charities. Over the years, the Lions have rised $125,500 through Christmas in the Park, money that has been disbursed to local charities from the Grand Forks Lions Club, South Forks Lions Club, Red River Lions Club and UND Campus Lions Club.

Visitors can drive through Lincoln Drive Park, located off Belmont Road and 13th Avenue South, and enjoy displays of holiday lights sponsored by local businesses and organizations. This year, there will be 48 displays, a Lions Club news release said. The last light display is synchronized to music via a low-power FM transmitter.

Visitors also can enter a drawing for prizes by filling out a form at the ticket booth. Prizes will include an X Box 360, an Epson Printer/Scanner/Copier 3, three $25 gift cards and 30 coupons for free lunch from various local businesses.

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This year area youth groups and charitable organizations have been given the opportunity to distribute Christmas in the park "coupons" with the name of their group or organization. For every coupon turned in by someone going through Christmas in the Park, the Lions will donate $1 to the respective group or organization, the news release said.

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