EAST CLEVELAND -- More than a half a million lights adorn seven blocks around GE Lighting’s NELA Park in East Cleveland, where visitors can walk or drive around 24 hours a day through January 2nd to enjoy the displays. NELA is an acronym for National Electric Lamp Association, which was once the lamp division of General Electric.
“Every area we have a certain greeting, be it wishing somebody season’s greetings, happy holidays, we have an airplane being flown over a building saying peace on earth, we have pop up holiday cards that are wishing different greetings for different holidays,” said Debbie George, GE’s Lighting Designer.
George is in charge of the annual display and starts thinking about holiday lights in February. She told Spectrum News that when she tells people what she does for a living, they know her work well. “The first thing they say is ‘oh, the Christmas display, we’ve been coming forever!’” she said.
One of the annual displays is a replica of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C, which GE has designed and provided the lights for the nation’s tree for more than 50 years.
NELA Park is located at 1975 Noble Road in East Cleveland.