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Holiday of Lights on display in Bluefield, West Virginia

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In Bluefield, West Virginia the unofficial kickoff to Christmas is the start of the Holiday of Lights.

The volunteers and workers with the city started putting up lights in August and have worked tirelessly since.

Still, the magic of the night makes the effort worth while.

Cars lined up for a chance to see the Holiday of Lights at the Bluefield City Park.

Hundreds of thousands of bulbs shine bright in the night sky and there are close to 100 displays.

For many families, stopping by the Holiday of Lights is a holiday tradition.

"It's a tradition. Every year, we're here at 5:15 in the line to see the lights." says Frank Pensula

"We come here every year. After thanksgiving dinner, we come here every year." adds Lisa Powell from Princeton.

Caroline Yost says "It's opening night and we're trying to make this a family tradition."

The tradition is one the city is proud of but also one that takes a lot of work.

It's been countless hours and months in the making.

"We've just been trying to change bulbs and make it new looking. There were a lot of old, old bulbs. We've probably already been through 20,000 bulbs. The main thing was just trying to get the old stuff to look new again." says organizer, Deb Sarver.

"A lot of re-conditioning. When we transport them, a lot of the bulbs get broken and then just throughout the years, during the daytime, the color fades and so we replace a lot of bulbs." adds Burt Kersey, a BHS senior and volunteer with the Holiday of Lights.

Volunteers make the magic possible.

Canned food is collected for local shelters and donations help keep the lights on.

It's a community effort and one everyone can enjoy.

"You hear people say it's awesome and the children love it. And I just think it is important. You bring people around the area to come in and what better than to come see the lights." concludes Sarver.

The displays will be up until January first.

You can check it out Sunday through Thursday from six to nine pm.

On Friday and Saturday the park will be open from six until ten pm.

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