Lights of the Northwoods goes through final setupSubmitted: 12/08/2018
Angela Kim
Angela Kim

Lights of the Northwoods goes through final setup
RHINELANDER - Christmas traditions include decorating a tree, leaving cookies for Santa, and picking out presents.

For one man, his tradition is decorating acres of land for the second annual Lights of the Northwoods light show in Rhinelander. 

The snow may have settled in Rhinelander, but Shawn Will is feeling the heat. Well, not actual heat. 

"The pre-stage jitters," said Will. "Like the first night show is coming up and everyone's just really getting antsy to flip the switch and see everything on."

He's lighting up the final touches for the second annual Lights of the Northwoods. The show stretches across Hodag Park. 

"It means basically the entire community coming together to have a nice light display," said Will. "We've got several brand new displays."

It may look pretty now, but throughout the past month Will's seen all kinds of obstacles. From vandalism to squirrels. 

"Squirrels [are] basically [the] Northwood's natural disaster," said Will. "There's really not much we can do about it other than keep plugging along, repair and replace."

Plugging, repairing, and replacing is exactly what almost three dozen volunteers did throughout the day.

"It's like an army in the park right now," said Will. "The favorite part is just getting out here and working with different people and having a lot of fun with different people." 

All to make sure that Rhinelander's Christmas tradition lives up to it's shining expectations.

The show will run Dec. 14 to 16 and Dec. 21-23. People can choose to drive through the display or take a shuttle from downtown Rhinelander to walk through it. 

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