Holiday tradition underway in the Electric City

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SCRANTON LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Electric City got a little brighter Friday night. The Christmas light display is up and running at Nay Aug Park.

Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti cut the ribbon, opening the drive-thru holiday display.

“It’s a way to celebrate, keep a tradition, as we look forward to the next year when hopefully we will able to get back to all of our traditions,” said Paige Cognetti, Scranton Mayor.

A lot of traditions were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but this annual event is perfect for social distancing.

From a horse and carriage, to a replica of the iconic “Scranton: The Electric City” sign to synchronized singing reindeer, more than 100 light displays using 600,000 bulbs has this Christmas tradition shining bright during such a dark year.

“If we didn’t do it, I mean, people are locked in. I feel and the board feels that people need a release to get out and this is it,” said Bob Gattens, Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority Chairman.

And one of the newest additions is a beautiful hayride. It is five dollars per-person, and if you’re under the age of five, it is free.

“I think it’s great. I mean we are starting the Christmas season early this year, we all thought we needed it this year. This is just an added bonus now with this hayride,” said Jonelle Kime, Pittston resident.

Gattens says this year could bring in the biggest crowd to date. The reason why? He has seen so many people at the park during the pandemic.

“The park in the daytime, with people walking and running all of the time, I’ve never seen that many people in this park on a given day, and I’m talking Monday through Sunday,” said Gattens.

The event is free, but you can donate at the end of the display to help preserve the park.

You can come through the display through January 7.

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