For over 20 years, locals and visitors alike have shared in the wonder and beauty
of Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights in picturesque Azalea Park
The annual event began with a mere 22,000 lights in 1997 and has grown to over 500,000 dazzling lights. In 2016, over 19,000 people enjoyed the holiday enchantment of the various displays compared to 7,120 people in 1997. Over the years, visitors have come from dozens of states and more than
8 foreign countries making this nightly show a truly international event.
The brain child of past volunteers, Olivia Abbott and Keith Pepper, the 21 year old Festival of Lights
is a completely volunteer coordinated and staffed event. In the early years, there were only a few dozen people to help string the lights in the park. A few more individuals baked cookies and the local schools helped by designing and distributing posters. That same spirit of volunteering is still at the core of the event.
A small group of individuals plan and organize the event each year, but the Brookings-Harbor community is the main component when it comes to stringing lights and hosting
the month long event.