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Nights of Shimmering Lights and Christmas Lane set to turn on the lights

Cars ride through a tunnel of Christmas lights, one of many displays at Nights of Shimmering Lights in Brandon.
Published Nov. 22, 2013

DOVER — Nights of Shimmering Lights begins its third season Saturday at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in Brandon, located 8 miles east of Interstate 75 on Highway 60. The light and sound show is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, until Dec. 29.

The show includes about a million lights and more than 750 light scenes and tunnels, featuring displays like the Nativity, Toyland, the Enchanted Forest, Rainbow Lane and Undersea Adventure. The event also includes Christmas Village with local arts and crafts vendors, food, outdoor Christmas movies, pictures with Santa and a new light show.

The cost is $15 Monday to Thursday, and $20 Friday to Sunday. For information, call (813) 389-6858.

Meanwhile, the winter wonderland walk-through Christmas Lane, 2015 Wooten Road, will open Dec. 1. Lane Wetherington and about 20 volunteers began setting up the displays a month ago.

Wetherington started Christmas Lane about 35 years ago. The display grows each year, he said. This year he added two new 16-foot Christmas trees and three new props.

Christmas Lane will be open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. until Dec. 28. Santa will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-23, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is free.

Times staff


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