POTEAU–A few years ago, the popular Christmas Lights at Wister Lake tradition was in jeopardy. More volunteers were needed to help keep the display going and they did just that.
In 2003 the display began for the purpose of helping to bring visitors to the park during the winter months when the usage of the park is low. The Oklahoma Parks & Tourism/Wister Lake State Park allows the Chamber of Commerce to use the area each year.
This year with the help of a large crew from Jim Hamilton Correctional Center and Project Manager, Bob Hawley, the lights are bigger and brighter than ever.
This year five new light displays have been added such as Grandma got run over by a reindeer, two-Santas skiing behind a boat driven by a reindeer, Elf with remote control airplane and Santa golfing.
The new additions were made possible by business sponsors and denotations received during the tour of lights last year.
Year after year visitors have made the light display a part of their annual tradition bringing local families and many visitors from other states.
The current lights have also had a facelift with new lights and new locations.
“There are lights this year in places where they have never been,” said Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. “Visitors will also find their favorites in different locations during the tour that includes the statue of liberty, huge dinosaurs, tumbling bears, elves and the candle stick, nativity scenes and much more.
“Bob Hawley and his crew work each year to provide a better plan making the Island the brightest experience for children and adults of all ages. This marks the 12th year for Wister Lake Lights and its success belongs to the entire area. Each year the donations and sponsorships purchase new lights and displays. Volunteers also work in the extreme cold each night to help greet visitors and give out candy to the kids. This will be one of the best years ever.”
Lights will begin on Saturday and run each night from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 24.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 501 South Broadway in Poteau, call (918) 647-4204 or email to [email protected].