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2 million lights shine at Kennywood holiday attraction

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Kennywood’s Holiday Lights opens this week. The 100-foot tree has 250,000 lights.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Kennywood’s Holiday Lights opens this week. The Thunderbolt is in the background of one of the trees adorned with lights.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Kennywood’s Holiday Lights opens this week. Rides such as Noah’s Ark will be open.

Kennywood Park visitors will immediately see the lights — tunnel of brightly colored, pulsating LED bulbs.

There are 15,000 strung on three miles of aircraft cable at the West Mifflin amusement park. They shine like a prism and can be configured in 9,000 ways via a computer program.

It’s the bold entrance to Kennywood’s Holiday Lights, which opens Friday. The first evening will include fireworks at 9 p.m. and the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire truck, which will take him for a ride and drop him off near the Racer rollercoaster.

The light show takes several weeks for electrician Terry Hill and his team to install. The lights are checked each week to look for burned-out bulbs.

Hill reverses the lights toward the end of the night for guests on their way out. Festive music will be playing in the background.

“The lights look like they are floating,” Hill says. “I like to watch when people come in. They start walking through the tunnel then go back to the beginning and start snapping pictures.”

There’s a 100-foot Christmas tree adorned with 250,000 lights. Guests can enjoy some of the park’s rides such as Noah’s Ark, the Merry-Go-Round and Paratrooper as well as most of the Kiddieland attractions. Thomas Town will also be open.

There are nearly 2 million lights throughout the park. In additions, some of the rides are adorned with wreaths and presents and bows.

There are holiday lights shows plus local choir and dance groups. The movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D” will be shown along with a daily tree-lighting ceremony, a magic show and Parker’s Dance Party.

Kennywood Holiday Lights run Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 and Dec. 26-30. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m.

Ride availability is weather permitting.

Tickets are $20.99.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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