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Lights of the Northwoods celebrates its third yearSubmitted: 12/13/2019
Lights of the Northwoods celebrates its third year
Maya Reese
Maya Reese
Reporter/Digital Content Director
mreese@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - More than 175,000 lights shined across Hodag park tonight.

They mark the third year of the Lights of the Northwoods festival. People can choose to either walk along the path, ride the trolley, or drive through the festival route. Visitor Barb Cox says she's seen the festival grow bigger each year.

"The lights have increased and I think the community has come together to support so that we all can enjoy this together," said Cox.

Visitors can head inside of the activity center to warm up and take pictures with Santa. The festival runs until December 22.


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