Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday of Lights - Part 2

Clifton Mill

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that features #LIGHTS?

This fabulous display of 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges can be seen in Clifton, Ohio.

For more than 25 years, the mill has been turned into a winter wonderland of lights for the Christmas season.   This year, opening day was November 28th and it will be open every night through January 1st.  See their website for more details.  
Light Show 
Every hour, on the hour, all 3.5 million lights at Clifton Mill go out leaving guests in total darkness. As a hush falls over the spectators, orchestral music softly begins to play a medley of traditional Christmas songs and some of the lights on the covered bridge begin to twinkle on and then off again. As the music builds and builds, more and more lights on the covered bridge blink off and on in time to the music, lights on the pseudo trees swirl around and change color in a way that seems impossible.

By the end of the song, the music is booming through Clifton Gorge, the lights on the covered bridge have become mesmerizing and everyone watching is completely enthralled. Then the music ends and the bridge lights all go out, once again leaving guests in total darkness. Then, before most spectators can catch their breath, 3.5 million lights come on again all at once!  

After watching the light display and the miniature village, you can explore their expansive  Santa Claus  Museum, have some hot chocolate, or purchase something in the gift shop.

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