Light show at Santa's Castle

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Prepare to be electrified at Santa's Castle this year.

"We will be putting together a whole light display for the first time for the Castle, and we are very excited about it," said Marilyn Monson, Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Director.

Thousands of lights will be installed on and around the Castle, to dance in time to holiday music.

The chamber has turned to Loren Pearson, who has in the past created a computer-sychronized, attention-grabbing dancing lights display at his home.

Santa's Castle, the largest exhibit of antique holiday animation in the midwest, will open for the season on Thanksgiving Day, 2-5 p.m.

On the following evening, Friday, November 23, a Lighting Ceremony will be held to unveil the new light show - with music, entertainment, the annoucement of the Scrooge Contest winner and the live nativity scene presented by Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

There will be caroling at the Castle, the auction of an Old World-style Santa carving donated by Runaway Saws, and a new "Christmas Courtyard" display on the courthouse green.

Area novelist Barbara Derksen has written a new children's book based on Santa's Castle, which she will be reading to young visitors during the events on Friday. The book, along with a whole array of new theme merchandise, will be available at the expanded Santa's Castle shop.

Some new displays, such as an antique dollhouse exhibit and an animated three pigs (and a wolf!) scene have been added to the lower level of the Castle. The model railroad is also being expanded, and live entertainment will be offered on selected dates.