By Janice Lane Palko
Prepare to be awed as you stroll through Enchanted Lights – a Magical Christmas Stroll this holiday season. Located at 282 Rochester Road, Freedom, Enchanted Lights features festive lights, holiday decorations, dazzling displays and illuminated pathways. It takes approximately 40-60 minutes to take in the entire display when moving at a leisurely pace and enjoying the entire venue. While there, you can also sip hot chocolate and roast s’mores around the campfire with friends and family. Craft Cocktails are available by Boyd & Blair.
“Take a stroll through our enchanted winter wonderland and marvel at the sights and sounds of the season. Our spectacular lights are perfect for friends, families, couples, or anyone looking for a magical experience this holiday season,” said Debra Krischke, who with husband, Ryan, has 40 years of experience in the event business.
Having utilized their 70-acre property outside of Cranberry for Three Rivers Paintball and Zombies of the Corn, it was a natural progression for them to take advantage of their fabulous woods for the holiday season and host Enchanted Lights.
“We are so excited to launch this premier event, and it’s been a year of planning and building out to accommodate our guests,” says Alex Krischke, project manager. “I’ve grown up with my parents producing events and have learned a lot, but this is a dream I’ve had for years.”
Enchanted Lights runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights November 24 – December 17. The week before Christmas it is open December 21-23 and then it reopens after Christmas from December 26-30. Its final weekend wraps up on January 5-6.
Enchanted Lights is open whether it is clear, raining or snowing, and visitors are advised to dress for the weather with appropriate footwear. As the pathways are gravel and have some steps, the use of walkers, wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended.
Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for Children 3-13; and Children under 3 are free and can be purchased online. Parking is $5 and proceeds go to The Lighthouse Foundation and Cross Your Paws Dog Rescue.
The Krischkes have long had a heart for charities and have supported various organizations, creating “The Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs,” which raised millions for women’s initiatives in select cities including Pittsburgh, Houston, Detroit, Naples and Colorado Springs.
“We have a fabulous team in place which allows us to be creative and dream big,” said Debra. “As much as we love our fall event – we were inspired to share our amazing property as a winter wonderland that the whole family can enjoy!”
Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Purchase your tickets early and get ready to escape into a world of twinkling magic. For those with groups or companies wanting a new twist on their holiday party, the Krischkes will be offering gathering spots with campfires by reservation. Call Alex at 724-775-6232. For more information, visit the website: www.EnchantedLightsPittsburgh.com.