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Winter Glow Spectacular debuts in Spokane

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The City of Spokane is hoping to step up the holiday cheer this year with the debut of Winter Glow Spectacular at Riverfront Park. The City of Spokane is hoping to step up the holiday cheer this year with the debut of Winter Glow Spectacular at Riverfront Park.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The City of Spokane is hoping to step up the holiday cheer this year with the debut of Winter Glow Spectacular at Riverfront Park.

More than 30 displays of lights are placed around the park which will be lit throughout the month of December, each one sponsored by a different non-profit or for profit organization.

Jerry Schmidt, Project Director tells us the Winter Glow Spectacular was fully funded by private donors... among those major donors were Washington Trust Bank, Coordinated Care and Avista.

The ceremony for the opening of the Winter Glow Spectacular kicks off on Friday night around 6:45. Gonzaga Prep Choir performing for the opening ceremony followed by words from the Mayor and then as Schmidt describes, "plug in the lights and hope they all light up." He speaks mostly in jest as he tells KHQ the lights were tested several times and they worked in the trials.

Schmidt says this project was something he thought was important to elevate the city's holiday spirit.

"I used to come to the park after skating and it was dark. I thought, wow, we got a great park and it's underutilized right now so why don't we put some lights in the park and create that holiday spirit."

The walking tour of the lights is free but if you're feeling fancy you can also take horse drawn wagon rides through the winter wonderland. Those tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child.

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