FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay is aglow with the Festival of Lights during December. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay is aglow with the Festival of Lights during December. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Thousands of lights and holiday displays will fill Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay until the end of month.

Vevay resident Shawnna Ramsey and her husband, Micah, along with other town employees and volunteers, spent hours arranging and installing the exhibit, which opened Saturday.

"It was no doubt a labor of love for them," said Kendal Miller, marketing and public relations director for Switzerland County Tourism. "They put a lot of work into it."

It's the second year for the display, which is sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism.

The opening coincided with the lighting ceremony for the town's Christmas tree, which was donated by Vevay resident Billy Leap. The tree is located at the park and is a focal point of the display.

The Ramseys began planning for the exhibit weeks in advance. They purchased items from Christmas Done Bright, which specializes in large displays, and also collected donated items as well.

In total, there are more than 100 decorations, including several trees - some artificial - and inflatables and tens of thousands of lights. The main tree has about 1,000 lights just by itself. And some of the decorations even have music that go with the display, Miller added.

"They're beautiful to see, especially when you have the Ohio River as a backdrop," she said.

The work actually began when volunteers installed more electrical posts to disperse the lights throughout the park area.

There is no charge to enter the park and the displays will be lit every night after dark.

"What's nice is that you can drive through or park and see everything," Miller said.

In addition to the lights, local resident Laurice See painted the walls of a park shelter house to transform the building into Santa's House for the holidays. The house was used Saturday as Santa greeted guests and shared hot chocolate and cookies.