Now that the Grayson County Fair has finished its run for the season, crews can start the long process of transforming Loy Park in Denison into a holiday wonderland filled with lights.

Now that the Grayson County Fair has finished its run for the season, crews can start the long process of transforming Loy Park in Denison into a holiday wonderland filled with lights.


Grayson County Holiday Lights kicks off the Friday after Thanksgiving and will run until New Year’s Eve. The drive through is open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. every night of the season unless inclement weather forces a closure.


Not only will this year’s drive include five new displays, it will also be longer. The committee responsible for putting the display on each year voted to increase the length of the drive by about 2,400 feet this year.


The display includes more than 60 brightly lit designs, each one sparkling with enough Christmas cheer to make even the Grinch let go a hearty "Merry Christmas."


The new displays include a new Victorian village, a destroyer, a new seasons greetings, a cowboy tree and a sea serpent.


Not only will the drive through feature new displays this year, it will also feature new technology. The five new displays will be the first ones at GCHL to contain LED lights. The lights will be brighter and longer lasting than the older lights and should be less expensive to run. The Victorian village will replace a similarly named display at the drive through and will feature 6,750 LED bulbs. The season’s greetings sign will feature 5,019 LED lights, and the cowboy tree will feature 1,350 LED lights. The sea serpent shimmers like the sea with 864 LED lights, and the destroyer will feature 2,025 LEDs.


Since the committee has not had the time to get electrical work done to hook the extended roadway to the system at Loy Park, the new displays will be run off of generators for the 2013 season.


As in years past, the drive through will be free to the public, but donations will be accepted at the end. Those donations and the friendly volunteers who collect them are vital to the continued success of Grayson County Holiday Lights. The volunteers give the drive through that hometown feeling and the donations keep the lights twinkling year in and year out. Grayson County Holiday Lights receives generous in-kind support from county commissioners, but no money from the county’s general fund. GCHL has also received generous support from a number of area foundations.