ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29 ONLY, Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights will be closed to vehicles and carriages, and open ONLY to runners, walkers, and persons using wheelchairs or other mobility equipment for “Bright Lights for Easterseals” – a 5K timed run AND 1-mile family fun walk! “Bright Lights for Easterseals” will also feature door prizes, choirs, cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and Santa Claus. More details are available on the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center’s Facebook page.
INDIVIDUALS CAN REGISTER FOR THE TIMED 5K RUN and pick up race packets right before the event on Wed., Nov. 29, 4:00-5:30pm, under the arches at the park’s North Main Street entrance. The 5K starts at 5:45pm and must be completed by 6:45pm. Run registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt (while quantities last). Awards will go to the top two male and female finishers in these categories: overall male and female; 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 and over.
CHILDREN AND ADULTS CAN ALSO ENTER THE 1-MILE UNTIMED WALK under the arches at the Garvin Park entrance right before beginning their stroll. Individuals can start the walk any time between 6:15pm and 8:30pm, and must be completed before the park closes at 9pm. Walk admission is $5 per person (free for 5K participants and kids under 2). T-shirts are NOT included with walk registration, but may be purchased at the event for $5 while quantities last.
A holiday themed costume contest is planned; participants should meet in costume at the Garvin Park fountain at 7pm. (Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.) Costume winners will be selected at 7:15pm in these categories: Male Child, Female Child, Male Adult, Female Adult, and Family.
Questions about “Bright Lights for Easterseals” may be directed to Rhonda Trail, volunteer race director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. No pets are allowed, except service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities.
With the exception of Nov. 29, Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights is open to vehicles nightly through Jan. 1, 5-9pm Sun.-Thur. and 5-10pm Fri.-Sat., Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The cost for vehicles with up to 6 people is $7; 7-14 people $10; 15 people or more $25. Carriage rides are available, weather permitting, for $30, which includes admission for up to 6 people. All proceeds fund therapy services for local children and adults with disabilities served by the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.