Dec 8, 2012 11:32 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Winterhaven gets ready for Festival of Lights

TUCSON - The Winterhaven neighborhood is getting ready for the 63rd Festival of Lights.

"It's the joy of people coming by," Winterhaven resident Norman Steffenson said. "It's more fun watching them than I think they have watching us."

It is free, but people are encouraged to donate to the Community Food Bank. Last year's festival raised $19,000 and brought 45,000 pounds of food.

"Somebody else will have a good Christmas too," Brianna Tyler said, "so it's nice to feel like that."

A few companies including Cox Cable, Sturgeon Electric and Ahern Rentals used boom trucks to hang lights on the big trees Saturday morning.

The festival starts Saturday, December 15 and runs through the 29th. It goes from sundown until 10 p.m.

"It's a different feel," Buddy Evers said as he hung lights. "It just completely changes the neighborhood."

Organizers expect more than 60,000 visitors.

There are only 3 drive-through nights when cars are allowed. Those are December 18, 28 and 29.


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