Lebanon’s North Pole from Lions Lake
Come Experience a Winter Wonderland at Lebanon’s North Pole!
The third annual Lebanon’s North Pole (LNP), with over 60,000 lights to view, promises to inspire holiday spirit with a number of nonprofit charity events. Lebanon’s North Pole, central Pennsylvania’s largest, 100-percent LED Christmas light display is gearing up for another fun, festive, and giving holiday season. The display, along with its associated events, will take place each Saturday from Nov. 28 through Dec. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. with the possibility of running later. This is the third holiday season that Justin Smith will be creating a winter wonderland at his home. Smith is the owner and creator of the spectacular display that adults and children alike will enjoy. Smith’s goal with this event is to bring the community together.
This event is free and open to the public. You can, however, bring in canned goods, toys, or jackets to donate that to local charities. If you do bring one of those items to donate, you will receive a free ticket for the basket raffle. Visiting families can also visit with Santa at LNP and have their photos taken with him. The cost of the picture is $5.00 and that money goes to local charity. Last year’s event raised $5,950, which was split 7 ways to local charities, and over 200 pounds of canned goods was donated for food banks in the area. When asked why he spends so much time and energy putting LNP together, Smith said, “I want to bring people to Lebanon to enjoy each other’s company and bring positivism to the community.”
LPN needs volunteers to do multiple jobs during the event. They are willing to work with groups, clubs, and individuals. “We need volunteers to help with our initial set up, tear down, and the five Saturday night that we are open to the public,” Said Smith. Sponsors are also something Smith is looking into; “None of the money made at these events goes into my pocket, but I spend a lot to get it running. Having sponsors to help offset the cost would be great,” said Smith. As of now, Lebanon’s North Pole offers a handful of ways sponsors can help, whether it be donations or offering items for the charity raffle. Each sponsor name is published in the emails that are sent out to the visiting families that take their photos with Santa.
This year, Smith is hoping to have a movie projector set up to play Christmas movies for the kids. He is also looking into finding children’s out door games that can be easily set up and taken down. Lebanon’s North Pole also offers hot chocolate and a bake sale each night it is open but Smith would also like to have a local food truck involved in the event to give visitors more options. If you would like to volunteer at Lebanon’s North Pole, you can email Justin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.sensationlights.com/.
This is an article I wrote for the HACC Lancaster campus newspaper “Live Wire.” I am a college student studying Journalism and we have to write for the college paper. This is one of my favorite articles I have written for them this semester. It is about a local family that sets up the “North Pole” at their house every year. I interviewed the owner and this is what I wrote from it. If you live in Central PA come visit Lebanon’s North Pole!
Here is a photo of my family visiting Lebanon’s North Pole in 2014!