CINCINNATI, Ohio — It has become a Christmas tradition for many families — more than a million lights — and it’s all at Cincinnati’s Coney Island.
- Part of the money to get in to the Nights of Lights at Cincinnati’s Coney Island theme park is being donated to the Toys for Tots program
- But for that price you’ll also get to see all of these lights — more than a million of them
- You drive through more than two miles of lights synchronized to music that organizers say has become a family tradition
For more than two miles, you’re driving through tunnels of lights, tree lights and Santa lights.
It’s what kids Christmas dreams are made of, what some come in excited to see, and what some families do every year to mark the Christmas season.
For Kelly King, it’s been part of her family for more than a decade.
“It’s a lot of wire, and a lot of work,” said King, Manager.
She says the family rented out the Coney Island theme park, and it took them more than a month to turn the rides and water park into the Christmas Nights of Lights.
“My sister-in-law is actually the creator and does all the designs, and family and my husband do the welding and everything of it,” said King.
She says it takes a least two hundred small computers to get the lights to come on and dance to the music.
And that all comes with a price tag.
But this year the money isn’t just paying the electric bill. Part of it is going to help kids have Christmas gifts.
“This will definitely help out, a good amount of toys,” said Staff Sgt. John Mocahbee, Toys for Tots coordinator. “People of Cincinnati are generous and it shows every year.”
Part of the money collected from last month’s light show goes to Toys for Tots — a program that gives toys to kids in need.
One of several charities the family made this all happen says they donate to every year when the lights come on at Coney Island.
The best time to see the lights is during the week, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., through January 5.