ALEXANDER, N.Y. (WKBW) — What better way to get into the holiday season than with a light show? It's COVID-friendly and supports a local non-profit.
“This is our first year and we’re having fun with it. We hope for everyone’s patience as they go through and we learn how to do a Christmas light display,” said Bill Dellapenta, President of the WNY Gas and Steam Engine Association.
They're hosting a drive-thru country Christmas light show in Alexander at the WNY Gas and Steam grounds on the weekends. Including all of your favorite characters.
"Olaf’s here, the Grinch is here, Winnie the Pooh is here and the other Disney characters are up," said Dellapenta.
The group came up with this light show as a fundraising idea after many of their annual events got canceled because of the pandemic.
"We’re an 100% volunteer organization, volunteers about 40 of us and we started putting this together to go up before Thanksgiving," said Dellapenta.
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The goal was to make up for what they lost this year and it’s going pretty well.
"We’ve had 2,400 cars come through our gate, so we’ve raised $24,000 for our organization. It’s been a phenomenal year for us and we were real surprised that it’s taken off as it has," said Dellapenta.
They’ve got half a mile of lights to see and enjoy with your family and a food court at the end with fair food trucks.
"We actually give the kids candy canes when they come thru, just to make everybody smile a little bit more. They can come through and see the lights, we have food trucks at the top so they can get their fair food fix," said Dellapenta.
You can enjoy the light show on December 11, 12, 18, 19 from 5-9pm. It's $10 dollars per car, cash only at the gate.