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Join us at Carlisle Reservation this festive season for our annual Holiday Lights display! The event runs from November 24th through December 30th, weekly from Wednesday through Sunday (closed December 24th and 25th). This event will be held at TWO locations – the Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center, 13630 Diagonal Road and the Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road in LaGrange.
The Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center (13630 Diagonal Road) will be hosting the drive-through portion of this festive event. This mile-long drive-through will feature our classic lighted features, such as Santa’s Castle and the Carousel. NEW this year will be even more lights and new features that can be seen from the comfort of your vehicle.
In addition to the drive-through, other displays can be viewed at the Carlisle Visitor Center (12882 Diagonal Road). The Children’s Nature Discovery Trail will be festively decorated for your family to walk along and enjoy the crisp early winter weather on Wednesday-Saturday evenings. On Sundays, during the event from 5:30-9 p.m., the Little Green Choo will be running on the trail. While walkers will not be permitted along the trail on Sundays during the event, all are welcome aboard the Little Green Choo.
The evenings from Nov 24th-Dec 23rd from 5:30-9 p.m. there will be cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, etc., available for purchase inside the Black River Room, courtesy of Friends of Metro Parks.
Admission to this program is free, but we are asking visitors to bring one nonperishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be a donation station at the beginning of the driving display at the Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center, at the Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center inside the Black River Room, and at the beginning of the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail. We will also host a “Wildlife Giving Tree” at the Carlisle Visitor Center with items needed to care for the animals of Carlisle and other LCMP facilities, from our resident raptors and reptiles to wild songbird visitors.
As always, outdoor programs are weather-dependent. Please call ahead the day of the program in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories. For more information, please call (440) 458-5121.