Lighting Up the Holiday


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“The little lights ... They aren’t twinkling.” — Art, Clark Griswald’s grumpy father-in-law from the film, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

If only “Art” could join the tens of thousands who trek to Scranton’s Nay Aug Park each year during the holiday season to witness the more than 100,000 holiday lights that do — indeed — twinkle and blink and, in some cases, “dance” along to song.

It’s become a staple, a holiday ritual if you will, for many. Some drive from hours away, while others, who live locally drive through the display multiple times each season. Then there are those who take to the trail on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Yes, Virginia, carriage rides are available in Scranton, Pa.!

To top it off, refreshments are available at the park’s concession stand by Tara Kojsza, the proprietor of Jessee’s Place, during the hours of 5 to 9 p.m. each night. From tempting hot chocolate, to tasty hamburgers and cheeseburgers, candy and treats, this year’s holiday snack bar is a great place to eat or take holiday photos, as they added a photo booth this year.

This is Kojsza’s second holiday season at Nay Aug. She also runs the stand during the summer months and a year-round location at 426 Bartel St., Scranton. She said she loves the crowds and looks forward to this time of year.

“It really is a great opportunity for the city,” she said of the free annual event.

The light display at Nay Aug Park, often seen from I-81, will remain lit until Sunday, Jan. 5, from 5-9 p.m. nightly.

For more information, call 570-348-4186.

Nay Aug Park is located at 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton.

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