Skate, toboggan, more at Lights of Hope – Chico Enterprise-Record
OROVILLE – The Lights of Hope Christmas location at Father’s House opens on Thursday with ice skating, a toboggan run, a walk of lights and free photos with Santa Claus.
The Lights of Hope, located at 3556 Oro Bangor Highway, the site of the annual Lord’s Gym Mud Run, is now home to a Christmas Village, synthetic ice rink, toboggan run and Christmas Lights Walk.
The place is open from December 2 to 5; December 9 to 12; and from December 16 to 19. Thursdays and Sundays, opening hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lights of Hope is extending its hours of operation until Christmas week this year and will open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from December 20 to 23.
The 40-foot by 60-foot Lights of Hope synthetic ice rink will accommodate 35 socially remote people at a time. The cost of a 30-minute session on the ice is $ 8 in advance and skate rental is included. Tickets are available in advance or on site.
The two-lane toboggan hill that stands 17 feet high at its highest point with a 70-foot synthetic ice slope was sponsored by The Home Depot. Sleds will be provided for children aged 5 and over and adults who dare to slide. Children under 5 must travel with an adult. Tickets are $ 12 per person for unlimited descents on the slide.
New to the site this year is an inflatable children’s play area with an inflatable house, obstacle course and giant slide. Tickets cost $ 10 per person for unlimited use on the day the ticket is purchased.
The two-third-mile Christmas Lights Walk, open and free after 5 p.m., is dotted with over 100,000 lights and features many Christmas inflatables, including familiar figures like the Grinch, Santa’s Reindeer and Mickey Mouse and many other lovely decorations.
The place’s Christmas village looks like what one might imagine from Santa’s village at the North Pole with many festive structures from which the concessions will be sold. There are a lot of socially remote picnic tables. Luxury outdoor gazebos with upholstered benches and fire pits that can accommodate private groups of up to 12 people are also available by reservation. The cost for a booth that also includes s’mores supplies and blankets ranges from $ 75 to $ 325 depending on the hours booked.
All proceeds from Lights of Hope will go to Father’s House Gift of Hope, an annual Christmas program to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Butte County as well as other church programs.
For more information and to book tickets in advance or reserve a stand: https://www.changeoroville.org/lights-of-hope which will all be open to the public from December 1st, with all benefits being donated to the Church donation of the Hope program.
For more than a decade, Father’s House Church has hosted an annual Christmas Gift of Hope program to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Butte County. In years gone by, the elves spent a week transforming the church into a magical place filled with lights and gifts for children coming to meet Santa and receive their presents.