Halfway across the country in Warsaw, Ind., holiday figures, once owned by Oakland Athletics team owner Charles Finley, spend the season lighting the city’s Central Park.
The light display came by way of Dream Lake in southern Indiana where Warsaw businessman N. Bruce Howe Jr. displayed them for many years.
In 1997, according to Larry Plummer, Warsaw’s parks superintendent, Howe offered to donate the display to the city of Warsaw, which is home to Zimmer Biomet’s international headquarters.
“We still have some of the original figures … the Santa, carolers, camels and the manger scene … but we’ve also added to it,” Plummer said.
Today, the display in the city of about 14,000 residents, 40 miles west of Fort Wayne, has grown to 200,000 lights and three pixel trees with customized light patterns and messages.
This year’s festivities begin at dusk on Friday, Dec. 4. For 2020, Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet virtually with their fans, but parents will still be able to give the jolly couple advance notice of their children’s wishes, Plummer said.
“We usually have a concession stand run by our youth football league with popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies, but that won’t happen this year.”
But visitors will still be able to take in the spectacle by either walking or driving. To help fund the annual project, Plummer said the city accepts donations from individuals as well as businesses.