LA CROSSE, WI - Rotary Lights unveiled new features on Tuesday that will be added to this year's display.
There will be two 25-foot saluting toy soldiers at the entrance, penguins jumping off the igloo, a world peace globe and a HO model train set in Santa's House.
There will be more than 2 1/2 million lights in the display. Each light display has a local touch.
"All of the animated displays that we have are homemade, we get some ideas sometimes on a napkin, sometimes it comes to somebody at night, and they'll contact you and say we can build this, we can do that and they do," said Rotary Lights President Pat Stephens.
The mission of Rotary Lights is feeding the hungry. Before you go through the display, you're encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Rotary Lights hopes to collect 250,000 food items this year that will benefit nine local food pantries.
Riverside Park will be open for the 19th season on November 29. The park opens for the light displays at 5 p.m. daily and the gates will close after the last car in line at 10 p.m. Santa will be in the park every night from 5-8 p.m. or as long as kids are in line through Monday, December 23.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the park will be open from 5-9 p.m. On New Year's Eve, the park will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
You can find more information, including volunteer information at the Rotary Lights website, rotarylights.org.22452648
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