(Sleepy Eye, MN) – Mankato’s big light show grabs a lot of attention, but for folks west of the city, another impressive display is lighting up the holidays.
Sleepy Eye’s Holiday Lights in Motion kicked off its 4th year at Sportsman’s Park the day after Thanksgiving. The park sits next to Sleepy Eye Lake, reflecting the colorful show off the lake waters. The display started in 2014 with five animated features that were donated by a Courtland man. In 2015, the light show nearly doubled, and organizers added trolley rides and children’s features. The event continued to grow, and by 2017 totaled 150,000 lights, including 70 lighted trees. Lights in Motion continues to grow in 2018, with an additional 15 trees lit and 200,000 lights total.
The Holiday Lights in Motion will be active every night thru New Year’s from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sportsman’s Park is located just north of Sleepy Eye Lake on Highway 4. This Friday and Saturday night, hay wagon rides will be provided and freewill concessions will be available.
Meanwhile, event organizers are seeking monetary donations to build future displays. Volunteers are also needed for set-up and tear-down operations. For more information, visit the Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights in Motion website.
Photo credit: Tim Cordes
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