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Hot Spots: Holiday Lights on the Lake

If you travel down I-99 through Altoona, you can’t miss this week’s Hot Spot. It has all the glitz, sparkle and dazzle you’d expect from over one million bulbs…it’s the 17th-Annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park in Altoona.
If you travel down I-99 through Altoona, you can’t miss this week’s Hot Spot.  It has all the glitz, sparkle and dazzle you’d expect from over one million bulbs…it’s the 17th-Annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park in Altoona. 
 
"It's an annual tradition for many families that come through and drive through," said Chris Harpster, the Assistant Manager of Lakemont Park.
 
It’s a 51-acre, drive-through, spectacular light display, that attracts visitors from all across the country.
 
"I've seen people from all 50 states, when I'm back there at the booth,” said Harpster, “So we get them from everywhere. We've had some people from Canada too."
 
And it’s easy to see why.  Holiday Lights on the Lake features hundreds of thousands of lights, as far as the eye can see.
 
"We start bulbing the last week in August,” said Harpster.
 
They move, they blink, some even twirl, but the Grand Poobah of them all, is…
 
"That avenue of trees, there's over a million lights down there just in that section. I can tell you that," said Harpster.
 
"They're pretty,” said visitor Ashley Michael.
 
"Pretty,” echoed her son, Alexander.
 
"And bright," she said.
 
"Bright," said Alexander.
 
But don’t let that glistening glow, or the Christmas carols pumping through the in-park radio system distract you.  This tradition also includes a challenge.
 
"You always see something that you haven't seen before," said Harpster.
 
Spot the eight items the Grinch stole this Christmas, and you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 cash prize, but the competition is stiff.  An average of 1,000 people pass through these gates every night, to immerse themselves in a lighted wonderland just in time for the holidays.
 
"I love the spirit of Christmas, and I always have the Christmas spirit, and I just think it's so neat. I love the lights,” said Renee Burkhard, of Hollidaysburg.
 
The fun doesn’t stop with the lights.  Once visitors are done with their tour, they have the option of heading into Santa’s gift shop, where they’ll find all sorts of goodies, including gifts, cookies, hot chocolate, model trains, and of course, the Big Guy himself.
 
Holiday Lights on the Lake runs now through January 5, 2013. 

What's Happening?
What: Holiday Lights on the Lake
Where: Lakemont Park, Altoona
When: November 22, 2013 - January 5, 2014, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10-$75
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