Santa's Playland light display at Quick Response on Route 9 in Round Lake on Monday, November 18, 2013. For the first year, more than 55,000 high efficiency LED lightbulbs are being used, and head foreman Tony Colarusso is hoping it will save more than half the cost of electricity.
ROUND LAKE At holiday time, there’s a stretch of road in Round Lake where every night is merry and bright.
For the past 13 years, employees at Quick Response Restoration have erected a holiday light display at their shop at 2077 Route 9 that grows more impressive with each passing winter.
There’s a 50-yard-long animated candy factory, a jumbo Jack-in-the-box that springs up from its container and a snowboarding elf that swoops down a slope. There are angels, snowflakes, reindeer and Christmas trees, all brought to life by about 75,000 LED bulbs.
WHERE: Quick Response Restoration, 2077 Route 9, Round Lake
WHEN: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14
PARKING: 21 Wood Road, Round Lake, and Corpus Christi Church, 231 Ushers Road, Round Lake
Santa’s Playland and the holiday light display are both free and open to the public. The display will remain lit through New Year’s Eve.
Preparations for the light show take several months, many hands and one crane, which is used to hoist Santa’s reindeer about 100 feet in the air. Some of the metal forms used in the display take as many as 15 people to erect.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. It’s a lot of fun,” said Anthony Laurenzo, project manager for Quick Response.
The display is free for the public to enjoy every night through New Year’s Eve.
Santa’s Playland will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at Quick Response, featuring Santa, live reindeer, costumed characters, horse-and-carriage rides and amusement park-type rides for children. The entire event is free.
“It’s a good way that we decided that we could give back to the community that we’re fortunate enough to do business in,” Laurenzo said.
About 8,000 people per night have shown up for the event in the past, he noted. Quick Response rents 12 busses to handle the crowd, shuttling them in from two off-site locations.
On nights when there’s no Santa’s Playland, people are still welcome to stop by to enjoy the lights, but caution is advised when taking in the sight while driving down Route 9. Laurenzo recommended spectators put on their flashers for safety.