LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The bright lights of Rotary lights are one again shining in Riverside Park. The switch was thrown for the 18th annual display Friday evening.

It took volunteers hundreds of hours to put everything together for the spectacular display.

More than 2.5 million lights create the displays and everyone who visits has their favorite. "My favorite's the snowman, it's just so big," said one Rotary Lights visitor.  Others mentioned the train, the dragon and the lambs.

Some of the new things to check out this year are an alien display and Santa's house.  Also, the one big snowman in the park was redone to wave to visitors in the park.

The lights stay on every night through December.

It's also a fundraiser for the Hunger Task Force. Everyone who visits the lights is asked to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation as admission to the park.