Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights officially open

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Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 6:23 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights is now open for the holiday season.

The Fantasy of Lights is open through New Year’s Eve at Garvin Park.

It’s the 29th annual display.

The display is a mile-long slow drive through the park, with dozens of light displays, sponsored by community partners.

The event is hosted by Easter Seals, and runs through January 1.

Megan Irish, the coordinator of community events for EasterSeals, says they’re as ready as ever for this year’s fantasy of lights.

“This year is the biggest and brightest. This year we have over 70 events throughout the park,” Irish said.

It finally opened up for Thanksgiving, and turnout was strong.

“Some people have adopted this as a Thanksgiving night tradition. So we’re hoping that those families still come out and support the event,” Irish said.

As folks filed in to welcome the new holiday season, they did so knowing they were helping fund a good cause.

All proceeds go back into therapy programs for Easter Seals.

“Crowd involvement and community support is huge for us,” Irish said. “We’re able to provide therapy services to individuals in the area who otherwise might not be able to afford it because of this event.”

Even some of their workers are great examples of the kind of help people can get.

Their child ambassador worked with EasterSeals for his own therapy.

“He is learning how to walk and even run now with his walker and other equipment that he’s able to use in therapy,” said Irish.

Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights is operational every night starting at 5pm through Christmas.

Opening night also called for a chance of rain, so they couldn’t have horses, but online you can check and see when carriages are available if you want to take a ride.

You can check for carriage rides on ritzysfantasyoflights.com.