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Walk-through lets visitors get sneak peek of Spanaway’s Fantasy Lights

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
November 18, 2012 1:25 pm

Usually you take in Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park from the warmth of your car.

But not today.

Visitors can preview the 18th annual Fantasy Lights during a walking preview from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 18). It starts in the parking lot at Sprinker Recreation Center, where crowds will gather and then walk to the Spanaway Park entrance. Sprinker Recreation Center is at 14824 S. C St.

Coffee, cocoa and snacks will be available for purchase, organizers said.

About 3,500 people participate each year in the 2.5-mile walk, Pierce County recreation supervisor Cara Cross said in a news release.

“This is the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest’s largest drive-through holiday lights display,” Cross said. “The walk provides a close-up preview of more than 300 animated displays and thousands of lights along the winding route through the forested park on the shore of Lake Spanaway.”

The sneak peek occurs rain or shine, and the route is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Organizers ask that dogs, skates, bicycles, skateboarders and scooters be left at home.

Admission to today’s sneak preview is $12 for a family of four or $4 per person. Children age 3 and younger are admitted free.

The drive-through version of Fantasy Lights opens Thanksgiving Day and runs through New Year’s weekend. For more information, call 253-798-4177 or go to www.piercecountywa.org/parks.

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