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Christmas in Wadena is brighter than ever

More lights and a new view are parts of the Christmas in Wadena show now on display next to the Wadena-Deer Creek School. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

The Christmas in Wadena Light Show has returned with all the gleaming grandeur of years past and even more on display this winter season.

For those unaccustomed to this annual event, simply travel to Wadena and look for the flashing lights just south of the WDC Elementary School. Held nightly through New Years at 414 Third St. SW, the home of Greg and Nancy Anderson, this event raises funds and accepts donations. While the event is free for as many vehicles and pedestrians as can fit on the street in front of the Anderson home, a non-perishable food item or monetary donation is accepted, which benefits Project Share of Wadena County the local food shelf. Donations can be placed in a donation box near the sidewalk.

Of course, this is more than just lights. All lighting is insync with music played from your own vehicle. By tuning into 88.1, you can listen and watch for over an hour without ever hearing the same song.

Check Christmasinwadena.com for a preview.

If you go

What: Christmas in Wadena, a Christmas light and music show. You can watch for over an hour without seeing the same display or hearing the same song.

Where: 414 Third St. SW, Wadena

When: Nightly - 5:30 - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Friday - Sunday until Jan. 1. Extended hours Dec. 19-26 until 10:30 p.m.

Why: This display is a must-see for many locals and travelers alike. Donations gathered during the show go to feed those in need in this area.